Turning a child under age 2 to a forward-facing position can result in head, neck or spinal cord injuries in the event of a crash.
Babies under age 2 simply aren’t yet strong enough to withstand strong crash forces without the extra protection that a rear-facing car seat provides.
Can a 1 year old face forward in a car seat?
However, if you were to ask if your 1-year-old should sit in a front-facing car seat, the definitive answer to that is a resounding “No,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recommend keeping your child rear-facing until the age of two, or to the highest weight and height allowed by the carseat
When can babies face forward in 2019?
New car seat law for 2019 will keep children in rear-facing seats until age two. QUINCY, Ill. — The countdown for parents with infants and toddlers is running out after all children up to two-years-old must be in a rear-facing car seat starting January 1st.
Is rear facing until 2 a law?
Children under 2 should always ride in rear-facing car seats and should remain rear-facing for as long as possible until they outgrow the seat. Children 2 to at least 4 should ride in a forward-facing harnessed seat until they outgrow the seat.