The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Rear-facing seats have a maximum weight ranging from 30- 50 pounds. The safest position for a child under age two is rear-facing.
Why is a rear-facing position important?
• A rear-facing car seat supports the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash. This distributes the crash force over the entire body.
• Children younger than age 2 are 75 % less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are rear-facing.
• Children ages 12-23 months of age were over 5 times as likely to be injured when forward-facing compared to children of the same age secured rear-facing.
Contact the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Traffic Injury Prevention Project with questions about car seats, car seat installation and meeting this requirement at: 800/CAR BELT or www.pakidstravelsafe.org The website has core messages, talking points, and more details about the law and fines. Share this information with staff and families: PA Rear Facing Car Seat Requirement
Also see the ECELS Self-Learning Module, "Transporting Children Safely," for more information, videos and a model transportation policy. 8/2016