No Children Died in Traffic Accidents in Norway in 2019

No children died in traffic accidents last year in Norway and buckling all children in rear facing car seats until four years of age was a big reason why.

Read more about how they keep their children so safe in the car.

Norway has a lot to be proud of as 2019 marked the first year of zero recorded deaths by traffic accidents for children under the age of 10. This is the continuation of a positive trend that has been occuring there for the last 30 years.

In the USA motor vehicle deaths are sadly still a leading cause of death among children. Many of these deaths can be prevented as nearly 35% of children who die in motor vehicle crashes are not even buckled up. In addition over 115,000 children are injured each year in car accidents.

Norway can teach us a lot about keeping our children safe in the car. The Norwegian country has lower speed limits on its road than you would see in America. They also have aggressively removed on street parking to make roads safer and create more room for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The most important thing that Norway has done to improve child safety in vehicles is require that all children are buckled in a rear facing car seat until the age of four. Keeping a child buckled in a rear facing car seat until age four is the law in Norway and the country has worked hard to educate parents on the importance of rear facing car seats.

This extended rear facing provides parents a safer alternative than forward facing car seats. Children in rear facing car seats absorb impact across the entire back of the seat during a car accident, compared to front facing seats where only the harness is holding them in place. With some American parents still turning children around as young as 1 year old and as small as 20lbs it is important to look at what Norway has accomplished eliminating child vehicle deaths.

Current guidance from the AAP recommends parents keep children rear facing as long as possible, until they reach the height or weight allowed by the car seat manufacturer. Most every currently available child restraint system has weight limits for rear facing use that can accommodate children up to 35 or 40 lbs. All the seats on our top rated car seats list can secure children up to age 4. The car seats aren’t the problem, it is how parents use them.

Many parents acquiesce to nagging children who want to sit forward facing. Kids will often want to sit forward facing because it is more comfortable for them or because it makes them feel older and more like their big siblings riding beside them. Parents need to understand that moving a child to a forward facing car seat before the age of four increases the risk of injury in a motor vehicle accident.

Norway has a lot to be proud of by cutting child motor vehicle deaths to zero. America should learn valuable lessons from our Norwegian friends and work to better educate parents about the benefits of extended rear facing car seats. Kids might cry or complain as you buckle them into their rear facing car seat but parents can drive down the road knowing that they have made the safest choice possible for their child.

What makes the Safety 1st onBoard 360 a good car seat for newborns? Find out in our 2019 review.

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air 360 Infant Car Seat, Raven HX

The Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air 360 is a good option to consider for families on a budget. When parents hear that, they might question safety, but that’s not an issue with this seat. It’s been crash tested from every angle for front, side, rear, and rollover scenarios. This has led to a design that meets or exceeds all federal safety standards as well as the European rollover standard.

While it’s average among today’s car seat weight ranges (4-35 pounds), it performs as well as other seats twice the price in several areas. It’s not without its flaws, least of which is that it’s not overly fashionable. Nor does it have a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s a seat that will do the job it’s designed for – keeping your baby safe.

The onBoard 35 Air 360 replaces the now discontinued onBoard 35 Air car seat. The Air 360 has more extensive crash testing as well as several additional safety features. It’s only slightly higher in price, but the upgrades may be worth it.


European style meets American practicality in the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max Plus infant car seat. Check out our 2019 review!

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max Plus Infant Car Seat With Base (Nomad Black)

Designed for infants from 4- 30 pounds, the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max Plus is chock full of European style and innovative safety features. This sleek, fashionable seat isn’t cheap, but the high quality makes it a worthy investment.

Maxi-Cosi has long been a hugely popular brand of car seat in Europe. While the European models aren’t interchangeable with Maxi-Cosi’s American car seats, parents in the US are loving the comfortable, stylish safety that the brand offers.

This seat is pretty new on the market, so there aren’t a ton of parent reviews yet. However, we’ve compiled all the information available and will add to this review if needed.


Is the UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat worth its high-end price tag? Read our 2019 review to find out.

2018 UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat - Jake (Black)

The UPPAbaby MESA is an infant car seat newly designed in 2018 from a previous version. It’s basically the same seat as before. The only changes are a couple of added colors and one discontinued color.

This sleek, stylish car seat has some nice innovative features designed to make installation as intuitive as possible to minimize human error. To us, that’s a standout feature and one of the most important when it comes to choosing a car seat.

With the addition of naturally fire resistant materials that don’t contain chemical flame retardants, this seat is an attractive choice for parents concerned about chemical exposure. Additionally, for urban families, this car seat may be the most friendly for taxis and Ubers than other seats on the market.

Is this seat worth the investment for your family? Let’s break down the stats so you can decide for yourself.


Is the Chicco Fit2 infant car seat a good choice for your family? Find out in our 2019 review.

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat Tempo

The Chicco Fit2 infant car seat features a unique 2-stage adjustable base that provides a better fit for toddlers who are rear-facing. For those of you who are worried about your toddlers being cramped, this could be just what you’re looking for.

We’re already fans of the Chicco brand. The Chicco KeyFit 30 has topped our list of infant seats for quite some time. This model has many of the same features, but the 2-stage base is the main new and innovative feature.

There are a few flaws in this seat that you may want to consider, specifically the weight of the carrier and limited stroller compatibility. The Fit2 does have several other features the original KeyFit doesn’t, which may sway your decision in its favor.


Our Review of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat first joined the extensive Graco family of child restraints back in 2005. Since then it’s been through a few iterations, one of which was to lower the minimum weight range from 5 to 4 pounds to better fit preemies.

The newer seats also have a longer expiration (7 years instead of 6) to better allow for extended rear-riding (to 2 years old) according to the AAP’s recommendation. The ClickConnect technology was designed to make it easy to attach to both a base and stroller with one step.

It’s on the upper range in prices among the other Graco SnugRide models, but it’s still a pretty affordable seat compared to similar models of other brands. While not a huge investment for most families, you still want to get what you pay for.

Is the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 worth the investment, and is it a safe and reliable seat for your baby? Let’s break down the stats so you can decide for yourself.