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What is the proper angle for a child's car seat?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
The recommended angle for a rear-facing car seat is tilting back 45 degrees. At 45 degrees, the back of the seat absorbs most of the forces in a crash. If the seat is overreclined, those forces go to the child's shoulders and neck instead of the car seat. Plus, the angle helps keep a newborn's airways open. You can test the angle by making an L with your thumb and index finger, then lining up the seat in between the two. If the seat angle juts out in between those fingers, it's 45 degrees.
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