Rear-facing car seats: New safety laws would help reduce chance of kids getting hurt — 3 Comments

  1. I do not agree with this. What amazes me is that the rear facing infant seat was originally designed for the ease of mom seeing what is wrong with the child, let mom put the bottle or pacifier back in the baby’s mouth, etc. If you have a 14 month old, that is choking on food while in a rear facing car seat in the back seat, the driver would not know if the child was choking. They likely would be silent, and dead before the driver came to know they were choking. Not to mention, they would be more apt to get car seat, and cannot see as well what they are passing by. When my son was 2, he was in a seat, I stopped fast for a train, and his head only came forward and hit the back of the front seat. My doctor wrote a waiver I kept in the car, that he was to ride in only the seat belt from then on. His hole face turned black and blue. All the baby boomers grew up with the metal over the front seat forward facing, and it seems that this is a generation that is mostly still living. To be truthful, we should attack the real problem, TERRIBLE DRIVERS.

  2. Debbie, these better car seats and car seat laws were put into place for all of the baby boomers that did not live through car accidents. All of your comments about not seeing the child are obsolete because there are mirrors that get mounted to the head rest that allow parents to check on the kids when safely stopped. My son is 1.5 and has plenty to look at since he can see out the sides of the car and the back, and the front in the mirror. Your son’s face slammed into the back of your seat and you had a note saying he should not be in any seat? I don’t follow but car seats are incredibly safe, I have never heard of kids slamming into headrests in them, so maybe your son would have been better off in one.

  3. Thank you all for the great feedback! The first real car seats were developed in the 1960s in response to physician protests for occupant protection. The advances in technology over the decades with these seats are all based on extensive research and review of real-life crashes — including the ones mentioned with children thrusting forward and hitting the seat in front of them. The top tether strap on car seats today limit the movement on a forward-facing car seat so the child doesn’t hit the vehicle seat in front of them. While we can’t control every driver on the road, we are able to protect those in our own vehicle with enhanced vehicle safety features and devices, including car seats.