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Rear Face.

Posted: January 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | 4 Comments »

Before the boys were old enough or big enough I knew we’d extended rear face (ERF) their carseats for as long as possible. It’s funny because before I was pregnant I had never heard of such a thing and then I started to do a little research and lo and behold it’s a pretty big deal. Not everyone does their research, not everyone has heard of ERF.

It’s tricky at times because our seats (which we love) are so deep, but we’re going to keep doing it until they hit the MAXIMUM limits for ERF in their seats. There is just no argument for forward facing that would convince me otherwise. “But it’s so much easier to get a toddler in front facing!” Well of course it is. You don’t have to deal with those pesky legs pushing on the back of the seat and there’s so much more room to manoeuvre when they front face….not good enough!

Keep your kids safe. Turn those seats around. Know the date of manufacture and know how long you can safely use a seat (some say 6 years, some say 8 years) it’s in your manual that came with your seat. Make sure your seat is properly installed and used correctly (know how tight your straps should be, know where the buckles should be located). Keep big jackets and coats off while in the carseat- straps cannot be tightened down with extra bulk.

Do not use a carseat after an accident. Insurance should cover the cost of a new seat. Insurance should also cover the cost of new seatbelts to replace those in use during the crash. If insurance DOES NOT ask the insurance company for a letter taking responsibility for seatbelt failure in any future accidents with that car.

***Thanks to all the Bloggers who’ve been posting about ERF this week!

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4 Comments on “Rear Face.”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 8:59 am on January 15th, 2010:

    Erin, You are truly amazing. I am so proud of you. You have been such an advocate for so many issues on your blog. Keep up the good work.

    I love you, and keep our boys safe!!!


  2. 2 Miss Erin said at 9:18 am on January 15th, 2010:

    I don't know about AMAZING Mom…it's all because of the internet!

  3. 3 Jill @BabyRabies said at 10:18 am on January 15th, 2010:

    Great post! Thanks for helping to spread the word.

  4. 4 mrs.leah.maria said at 10:51 am on January 15th, 2010:

    Wow. While I knew that RF was safer, I had no idea to what degree. Thank you for posting!

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