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Carseat Research Please

I am looking for a link to evidence that it is best to keep your child RF until age 2 or the limit of the carseat. My DD is RF until she is 2, but I need data to help a friend understand. Thanks Ladies!!


Asked by Drewlove at 10:23 PM on Sep. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Join the Car Seat Safety group...they have TONS of information for you. I have some videos (they have informational slides in them).


    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:51 AM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • I have no links for you on that I kept mine rear facing until they broke 36 inches... in what I have seen in the Er and in Er Trauma Conferences kids over 36 inches rear facing regardless of weight did not fair well at all... in July we had at WMC a rear facing 3 year old involved in a MVC which was high speed head on and rear facing is the cause of his C2 injury--which left him paralyzed... in re enactment of the incident if he were FF he'd have only soft tissue facial trauma.. that s what was explained to me and made sense... if you look at your kid and think out the events of a crash ... to mentally see what would happen on impact you'll see what I"m saying-- oh the 3 year old was 38 inches long

    Answer by MELRN at 10:38 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • Thanks. She is 32 inches now, but this is good information to know!

    Answer by Drewlove at 10:55 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • MERLN - I'm wondering...does anyone know if the car seat was properly installed, expired, or if the child had surpassed the height or weight limits?

    All these things could have been a contributing factor. A car seat is no good if it's not installed and used correctly. And if the child was too tall, or too heavy, it also would not have worked properly. I think that yes, a 3 year old is much safer than a 1 year old FF, however some seats CAN accommodate a child that old. They would have had to had a Britax, Sunshine Kids, or the new Graco My ride to safely restrain him. Most "lower end" seats cannot accommodate a child that old. Of course this is all depending on the weight of the child. Do you know how much he weighed? Or what seat was used?

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:56 AM on Sep. 4, 2009