Childen are NOT uncomfotable sitting with their legs bent in a car seat. Their bones are not like an adults because they are growing and thus are more flexible. Turning a young child around is extremely dangerous in a car crash. The new recommendations are MINIMUM 2 years, 30 lbs but for as long as possible to age 4 or 5.
It's crash physics. Rear facing is safest for ALL of us, but particularly for children.
Seriously, look as this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKIeExpDLDA (you'll have to copy and paste the link). It will really open your eyes to why forward facing children at a year is dangerous. There are seats now that rear face to 35-40lbs before being turned forward. 1 year 20lbs is outdated. Please tell everyone you know that the law hasn't caught up with reality.
Here is another. At time 0:50 is the crash test Watch it Carefully http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvyIv9QVRBE
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