As moms and dads ourselves, the team at Graco always wants maximum safety for babies—ours and yours. So, when one of the most respected authorities on the subject—American Academy of Pediatrics—makes an updated recommendation, we take notice. The organization now recommends that infants ride rear-facing until two years old or until they reach maximum height and weight for their seat.
Here are some key reasons that “Rear to Two” offers a safer ride:
-A 2007 study in Injury Prevention (the journal) showed that children under age two are 75% less likely to be severely injured (or worse) in a crash if they are rear-facing.
-In rear-facing mode, the back of the seat supports baby’s head, neck and spine. In a crash, the back of the child restraint absorbs the bulk of force.
-Most injuries in vehicle collisions are to the head. By riding in rear-facing mode, the child’s head is contained, preventing it from coming in contact with other elements of the car, in the event of a crash.
Right now, the Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the only infant car seat on the market that provides rear-facing support for babies, from infancy up to two years. This new seat provides the convenience and portability of an infant carrier, allows children to ride rear-facing up to 40 lbs. and has an 8-position adjustable base, accommodating children as they grow taller. “With the new AAP recommendation we felt it was important to develop an infant car seat that will provide rear-facing support to children up to 2 years of age. The SnugRide Click Connect 40 gives parents the peace of mind their little ones are rear-facing and secure,” explains John Bachner, Director of Car Seat Development for Graco Children’s Products. John got together with some pediatricians and child experts to discuss, in even more detail why “rear to two years” is so vital. See video below.
Check out the revolutionary SnugRide Click Connect 40 at www.gracosafety.com.