Insurance Insights: Taking A New Look Backward
Updated advice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a recommendation to parents of young children that is designed to ensure their safety in automobiles. Both organizations advise that children should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old, instead of one year. This recommendation is based on evidence taken from five years of U.S. crash data showing that one-year-olds are five times less likely to suffer injury if they are in a rear-facing seat than a forward-facing seat. Because toddlers have relatively large heads and small necks, they are more susceptible to the spinal cord injuries resulting from the forces of a car crash that jerk their heads violently.
Quick Tip: All children younger than 13 years of age should ride in the back seats of automobiles.