Originally Posted by alittlesandy
I read my label, which said not to rear-face after 20 pounds. Did you read my label?
Did you read the label on the other side? It says rearfacing for 5-35lbs (or to 40lbs depending on what seat you have)
The label you took a picture of says " use only in a rearfacing position when using for an infant less than 20lbs" It does NOT say "do not use rearfacing after 20lbs", it just is saying if they are less than 20lbs they HAVE to be rearfacing, after 20lbs you have the option of forward or rearfacing (for a child over 1).
Just because its the minimum doesn't mean its safe, my child is not a minimum, I go by what give him the maximum safety which is why he is rearfacing at 4yrs old. Here in florida, the law also says that a 3yr old does not need a carseat. Safe? I don't think so! My son was 25lbs on his 3rd birthday! But its legal.
Here is a story of an 18month old, 33lbs who was in an accident: http://www.joelsjourney.org/
Had he been rearfacing in this crash (which wasn't all that bad of a crash) he would likely not have had such awful injuries. Yes, your son is ok, but thats because you didn't get into a crash. If you had, the results could have been very different.