Children riding rear-facing until age 2 are five times safer
Children should ride rear-facing in a car seat until atleast the age of 2
At Chicco, our priority is keeping children safe – especially while riding in the car. That’s why we’ve launched a public awareness campaign to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children rear-facing as long as possible.
Why children should ride rear-facing longer
Since 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that children ride rear-facing in their car seats until at least the age of 2. While rear-facing is always the safest option, it is especially important before age 2, as that is when a child’s muscular and skeletal structure is still developing. When rear-facing, a child’s head, neck and spine are all supported by the car seat during an accident.
Doctors agree. According to Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, a pediatrician and nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety, "The rule of thumb is simple – turn children forward-facing after they turn two-years old. The longer they can stay rear-facing, the safer they’ll be."
Advocates Who’ve Joined Us
Dr. David L. Hill
"Despite my medical background, I was overwhelmed by parenthood when our first baby arrived. I can relate to parents who come into my office confused about car seat practices, especially once their kids outgrow their infant seats. I've recommended top-rated car seats from Chicco for years because they're safe and easy to install. When I learned about the Fit2 and TurnAfter2, I knew working with Chicco to help launch them aligned perfectly with my views. Now there's a product and a simple rule of thumb in TurnAfter2 to make it easy for parents to keep kids riding rear-facing longer."
Pediatrician, author, and Associate Medical Director, KidzCare Pediatrics
BioDr. David L. Hill is the author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro, an adjunct assistant professor of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine, the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media, and a frequent contributor to multiple media outlets including Parents Magazine. As a father and pediatrician at KidzCare Pediatrics in Wilmington, N.C., he is committed to the safety of children of all ages, which led to his current partnership with Chicco USA as Car Seat Safety Spokesperson.
"I got involved with child passenger safety in 2004 and have been passionate about doing my part to keep little ones safer in the car ever since. I have been an instructor for 11 years and enjoy helping people learn the benefits of using a car seat correctly. As an advocate, I am privileged to partner with Chicco to bring real world issues and solutions to the table with innovative products like the Fit2™, KeyFit® and NextFit® car seats, and to reach parents and caregivers nationwide with initiatives like TurnAfter2."
Chicco Child Passenger Safety Advocate
BioCourtney Barry brings more than ten years of child passenger safety technician experience to Chicco. Her passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of the car seat industry make her the ideal advocate. As Chicco’s child passenger safety advocate, she enjoys helping parents and caregivers learn about the importance of safe installation and use of car seats, as well as providing solutions for everyday issues and concerns they experience. In addition, she currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Manufactures Alliance for Child Passenger Safety (MACPS) and is a member of Lancaster County Safe Kids supporting their child passenger safety efforts. Before her work with Chicco, Courtney was the coordinator of Lancaster County Safe Kids Program.
"Being a mom is the best – and hardest – thing I've ever done. You do the best you can, but you always second guess yourself. TurnAfter2 is meant to take the guesswork out of car seat safety: Don't turn your kids forward facing until after 2 years old. With TurnAfter2, Chicco and I share a common goal of educating parents and getting them talking about this very important issue in a constructive way. Ultimately, I partnered with Chicco on this public awareness campaign to help keep all little ones safe."
Bestselling author and TV cohost of ABC's The Chew
BioDaphne Oz is a New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning cohost of ABC's The Chew, now in its sixth season. A graduate of Princeton University, natural foods chef and certified holistic health counselor, Daphne aims to empower her audience with a real-talk message of health and happiness that centers on body confidence, delicious meals, and balanced, beautiful living. Her first book, The Dorm Room Diet, detailed her successful journey to ditch fad diets, create a healthy lifestyle and lose forty pounds as a college student. Daphne's latest cookbook, The Happy Cook, offers 125 recipes for simply elevated, stress-free family meals, perfect for celebrating every day. Daphne and her husband John live in New York City with their two children, Philomena and John Jr.
Dr. Benjamin Hoffman
As a pediatrician and certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor, I've devoted my life to keeping kids safe – especially in the car. I've even helped many states draft legislation on this topic, including bills requiring rear-facing until at least age 2. As an unpaid car seat safety consultant for Chicco, I'm excited to shed light on the fact that rear-facing is always safest, and get more parents on board with this important initiative.
Pediatrician, Instructor, and CPS technician
BioDr. Benjamin Hoffman, MD CPST-I, is a nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety, and leader in the field of community health and advocacy training for pediatric residents. He practices and teaches Portland OR, where he is very active in community advocacy. He majored in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, and attended Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training, and a year as Chief Resident, at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He has been certified as a CPS technician since 1997, and an instructor since 2001, the only practicing pediatrician so certified. Dr. Hoffman serves as an uncompensated Child Passenger Safety consultant for Chicco USA.