Age when kid’s car seat is switched to face the front?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlander on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 11:31 am
family of four leaning out of car windows

You might thing that you should be safe to switch your kid’s car seat from rear-facing to face the front at the age of two. It’s an important milestone that many parents are eager for their child to have. However, you might be better off to wait to have the car seat face the front. Take a look below at why this might be.

Car seats for children

If you think two is an appropriate age to switch the car seat to face the front, you might be right…but you might also be wrong. Waiting until your kid isn’t a certain age, but instead a certain weight, might be best. The AAP has recently discovered that waiting until your child is 40+ pounds can be safer. So, if your child has turned two, but isn’t 40 lbs yet, you may want to wait until they have grown a bit more before having the car seat face the front of the vehicle.

Of course, you should always read the instruction manual of the car seat for height and weight restrictions, but this is food for thought, also.

two children hanging out of car window

family looking at car with carseat in mans hand

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What are some good vehicles for families?

If you are looking for a good family vehicle, there are plenty out there. Whether you are looking for a smaller sedan, a versatile hatchback, or a minivan or SUV, you can find them with plenty of safety features like the LATCH system.

Driver-assist technologies are becoming more and more frequent in modern vehicles, as well. Cars like the 2019 Toyota Corolla and 2018 Toyota Highlander, among others, have the Toyota Safety Sense™ P come standard on all trims. This safety package has a variety of driver-assist technologies, such as the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

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