Originally Posted by sapphire_chan
Definitely not at 3, and at 2.5 I'd want to know the numbers. I know that after a year the advantage to being RF goes down. It becomes a case of being "better" instead of "necessary".
This is really not an accurate reflection of the facts.
When the original study, years ago, was done, no one kept their children rear facing to a year. People kept them rear facing (if they did at all) until they could sit up, and then they got flipped forwards.
The only child restraints available at the time maxed out at 20 pounds. Some parents kept their children rear facing to the max of those seats.
The study compared parents who went to the max (20 pounds, usually around a year) or turned much earlier. It was found that the first set of children had a higher rate of survival in accidents.
It was NEVER intended to suggest that children were fine to forward face at a year. That was the practical reality created by seats that couldn't go rear facing beyond that.
A more recent study proved that this information is outdated, inaccurate, and based on circumstantially limited data. So yes, keeping a child over one year facing is not just better, it's NECESSARY.