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The car-seat safety decision that could be putting your child at risk

A new national survey found that as many

A new national survey found that as many as two-thirds of parents do not follow safety guidelines set by car seat manufacturers. Photo Credit: Fotolia

Safety is a priority for all parents, but a new study shows that some are making a choice that actually could be putting their children at risk.

A new national survey by Chicco USA found that less than one third of parents follow safety guidelines when it comes to switching car seats from facing the rear to facing forward.

Results showed that 58 percent of parents make the switch too early; worried that their children are uncomfortable or unhappy in a rear-facing seat.

Experts say this decision is putting children at a higher risk for injury.

"Children should remain rear-facing as long as possible, according to manufacturers' guidelines. This is the safest way to travel in a motor vehicle," said Julie Prom, child passenger safety advocate for Chicco. "It is when a child is turned forward-facing that they are at higher risk for leg injuries, as well as head and neck injuries.”

Prom also addressed parents’ concerns about comfort, assuring moms and dads that they shouldn’t be overly worried.

“It is OK for the child's feet to touch the vehicle seat back or even be crossed in front of the child,” she said. “Children are comfortable in many positions, unlike us less flexible adults.”

For more information on the survey and child car seat safety, click here.


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