McKnight Pediatrics


Motor Vehicle Safety for Newborns

At this age, when children are in motor vehicles, they should always be in a rear facing car seat. We know this is more cumbersome but this is done to protect your child against cervical spine injuries. By 12 months, some children will be more comfortable in a convertible car seat that can later be turned forward facing. They do make seats suitable for tall children to remain rear facing until 2 years of age. You may want to consult the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( for guidelines and more information including information on car seat recalls. Although later model cars and car seat designs have made the installation of car seats easier, it is still a good idea to have your baby's seat checked by a certified installer as studies continue to show that many continue to be installed improperly. Click here for a list of car seat installation and inspection stations.