Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 9 years ago

Front facing car seat?

My son is 1 year old. He weighs 26 lbs and is 33 inches long. Is it safe to change him to a front facing booster seat? I ask because of the fact that his legs hang of off his baby car seat.

5 Answers

  • 9 years ago

    Legs hanging off the seat isn't a concern. All of the children here still fit rear facing

    Concrete reasons why rear facing as long as possible is the safest way for children to ride (at minimum, watch the videos at the bottom)

    Check that he hasn't outgrown his infant seat

    My list of recommended seats, rear facing weight limit in parenthesis

    Sunshine Kids Radian (now Diono) (65SL (now R100) - 40 lbs., 80SL (now R120) or XTSL (now RXT) - 45 lbs.)

    Britax Marathon 70/Boulevard 70/Advocate 70 CS (40 lbs.)

    Safety 1st Complete Air (40 lbs.)

    Learning Curve True Fit models (35 lbs. but taller than most)

    Maxi Cosi Pria (40 lbs)

    Graco Size4Me70 (40 lbs)

    Graco MyRide 65 (40 lbs)

    Evenflo Triumph 65 (40 lbs.)

    Evenflo Momentum 65 (40 lbs.)

    Cosco Scenera (35 or 40 lbs)- this would be a good budget/travel seat, but won't accommodate most children past age 2 or 3

    Always meet with a CPST after reading your car and car seat manual to be sure you're installing and using your new seat properly

  • Dave
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    No way. He could be killed in a front facing booster seat. He needs a convertible seat and rear facing to at least age 2. Babies front facing break legs and snap necks in car accidents. Rear facing babies stay safe, and no broken legs. Even with their feet up the back of the seat, a rear facing baby will not have broken legs in an accident.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    In Mississippi the regulation is a million 12 months previous and over 20 lbs. I truly have a 6 month previous that weighs 18 a million/2 lbs. so i recognize how you experience. merely once he can sit down in a buggy solid, i'm switching automobile seats. i might want to get a convertable automobile seat if I were you. it may nicely be rear dealing with for now and turn even as he turns a 12 months previous. even if this is not any longer the regulation on your state, this is not any longer danger-free for a toddler to be the front dealing with in the previous a 12 months previous.

  • 9 years ago

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ride rear facing until they are at least 2 years old. The AAP also recommend that children ride rear facing for as long as possible. This means after children outgrow their infant seat to switch to a convertible car seat and use it in the rear facing position until the child outgrows it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all 2 and 3 year olds ride rear facing if they have not outgrown their convertible car seat in the rear facing position. These organizations recommend rear facing for toddlers for very important reasons- studies have shown that rear facing kids are 5 times safer than front facing kids. Also, kids who front face before they are 2 years old can suffer from severe spinal cord injury, such as paralysis as they are not at the bone development to take the force of a crash while front facing. In fact, a heavier 1 year old is more at risk for spinal cord injury as there would be more force on their spinal cord in a crash. (Force= mass X acceleration) The more the child's weighs (there mass) the more force will be on their undeveloped spinal cord.

    Many parents are concerned about their kids feet/legs touching the vehicle seat back, however bent legs are not a concern at all while rear facing. In fact, front facing kid's most common injuries are broken legs! In a crash, a front facing child's legs fly foward with tremendous force hitting the back of the driver or passenger vehicle seat. This causes their legs to break. By rear facing a child longer, you are also protecting their legs. Even if broken legs were a result from longer rear facing- it is either neck = casket or leg = cast it.

    A rear facing car seat protects the child's head, neck, and spine in both frontal AND side impact car crashes. Frontal impacts are roughly 70% of crashes and are the most common so by rear facing your child longer, you are keeping their spine in full alignment in a crash. Side impacts are roughly 25% of impacts. Side impacts are the most dangerous types of crashes. Side impacts only represent roughly 25% of crashes, yet for every 3 children in any car crash, they involve 1 child fatality.

    When you are struck from the side, a rear facing child has forward momentum (as you are moving forward in the car, obviously). As your car is being t-boned, a rear facing child's head pushes into their car seat, protecting the child's head from injury. Also, a rear facing car seat pivots for the child (the car seat rotates for child, instead of the child's hips). A front facing child's head would fly forward right at impact, exposing their head to injury.

    One misconception about longer rear facing is that a child's car seat needs to be at a 45 degree angle. The 45 degree rule only applies to newborns and children without head and neck control; it is to keep a newborn's airway open. You can install a convertible car seat up to 30 degrees from vertical (which is very upright; for comfort, you will probably want it at 35 degrees).

    Also, a rear facing car seat is outgrown when ONE of the following happens:

    -the child hits the maximum rear facing weight limit

    -the child's head is less than 1 inch away from the shell

    Overall height (the height from a child's head to their toes) doesn't matter when determining when a child outgrows their car seat. Car seat manufacuturers are forced by federal standards to put a maximum height limit; these height limits are just estimates. You can safetly use any rear facing car seat until the child's head is 1 inch away from the shell (except the Diono Radians require 1.5 inches away from the shell).

    Car crashes are the leading cause of both disability and death for children under 12 years of age. Statistics show that more than 95% of child safety seats are used or are installed incorrectly. That is why I recommend ALL parents get their child's seat checked by a child passenger safety technician (CPST). You can find one at Also, if you have any questions about your child's car seat, you can ask a CPST online at You don't even need to register to ask a question!

    Source(s): Above link: Joel at 18 months and 33 lbs broke his neck in a front facing car seat Above link: This video shows that it is possible to have kids rear facing to age 2 and longer! Above link: This has a ton of information on why it is important for kids to ride rear facing to age 2 and longer! Above link: This has a lot of information about the LATCH system (a way to secure your child's car seat to the car; there is a lot of information to know about when installing your child's car seat)
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  • 9 years ago

    No. Don't risk it.

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