When should I switch my child’s car seat from rear-facing to front-facing?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips & Tricks on Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 4:10 pm
family of four leaning out of car windows

Having trouble knowing when you should switch your child’s car seat from rear-facing to front-facing? Here are a few things you should know.

two children hanging out of car windowWhat age can I switch my kid’s car seat to face the front?

According to studies, you should try and keep your kid’s car seat facing the back of the car for as long as possible. This might conflict with the idea that once they hit the age of two that you can turn the car seat around. However, this isn’t really the case. It is commonly known that if the vehicle is in an accident, it is safer for the child to have the support of the car seat when it is facing the rear of the car, due to the larger head of a child compared to an adult, and the risk of injury when the car is hit.

This means that you should actually go with how much your kid weighs, instead of how old they are. If your child is under 40 pounds, you should try and keep them in a rear-facing car seat.

Of course, you should always read the instruction manual of the car, and the instructions it gives, as well. Being prepared for the worst can save your child’s life, so it’s important not to try and hurry things along when it comes to switching out car seats.

Read More: What 2018 Kia Models are IIHS Top Safety Picks?

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If you are trying to determine which vehicle would be best for you and your family, you may want to check out some of the Kia vehicles. Many have an excellent safety rating, and the space needed for a family. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Moritz Kia. Our team of professionals is always happy to help you find the vehicle that fits your family best!

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