Join Date: May 2002
Location: In my own little corner, on my own little chair...
It's not a GRADUATION!
When children are moved from a rear-facing restraint to a forward-facing restraint, it is a demotion. It is not anything to celebrate. We would all, in fact, be safer rear-facing in the backseat. Keep children rear-facing as long as possible.
When children are then moved from a forward-facing restraint to a belt-positioning booster, it is a bigger demotion. Notice the lack of 'restraint' in the device they will be using in a vehicle. Belt-positioning boosters do not restrain children. They boost children so the adult seatbelt system fits them better.
When children are moved from a belt-positioning booster and allowed to ride in a vehicle using the adult seatbelt, this is the biggest demotion in safety terms. Remember for whom these adult seatbelts were originally designed - 200lb 6ft tall men.
And then at the magic age of 15 (formerly 13), it is safe for children to ride in the front seat! With only two or three years to their high school graduation... we finally 'graduate' them into the adulthood of vehicle passenger-ism.
---Not-so-random thoughts from an oft-absent moderator--