Extended rear-facing car seat placement

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Your child should stay rear-facing in your car as long as physically possible. And the two things that deal with that are height and weight. We hear that in Europe children are rear-facing until they're 5. I haven't been to Europe myself, so I haven't actually seen it, and I don't know exactly how they do it. But in the United States, our car seats are built to a maximum currently of 40 lbs rear-facing, or a maximum height in the chair. So even if we would want to have a 5 or 6-year-old rear-facing, 40 lbs is our cutoff. And they have to go forward-facing after that. And our maximum height, so if you have somebody tall and lean who's sitting like an Indian up against the seat that's fine. Or they could have the seat here and then one leg over here and one leg over there, that's fine rear-facing as long as they're still within the height range of the chair. So it's height and weight in the United States and I don't know any parameters in Europe.

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Cynthia Crothers

Car Seat Specialist

Cynthia Crothers of KidzSeatz Carseat Installation Service is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialist in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Cindy is the mother of five daughters and has six grandchildren.  An eager student, Cindy had the opportunity to go through a five day training with Sit Safe, the VW and Audi CPS training program. Amazed at how car seats and car seat safety has changed over the years, Cindy became a strong advocate for child passenger safety starting with her own grandchildren. Thousands of families later, she currently offers detailed hands-on training sessions for parents and caregivers. A parent needs to know how to customize and reinstall their car seat correctly and use it correctly for their child to have the best chance of surviving a crash. Vehicles are the number one killer of children under 16 years old. To Cindy, nothing is more important in protecting children on the move.

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