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Front-Facing Car Seats: Should You Make the Switch?

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

As new parents, my wife and I continuously have a million questions running through our heads regarding the safety of our daughter. Her one year birthday marks a huge transitional period where she will wean away from some aspects of her young life and be introduced to new concepts. A forward-facing car seat, however, is not one of them.

Until recently, experts suggested switching babies from rear-facing to forward-facing car seats right after their first birthday. In the last few years, however, a study finding that children under the age of two are 75 percent less likely to suffer a severe or fatal injury if they are facing the rear has experts changing their minds. In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its recommendation to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until the age of two.

But why rear-facing to begin with? Doctors explain that baby's neck bones are not yet developed enough to fully support the head, which is abnormally larger than the rest of the body at that age. While a rear-facing seat's shell protects the entire body if the car were to crash, a baby's head and neck are more vulnerable to move forward without support in a forward-facing seat.

By Matt Schmidt

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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