Keep Children in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until Age Two

April 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

New advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall, and are between eight and 12 years of age.

According to the AAP, a rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body.  For larger children, a forward-facing seat with a harness is safer than a booster, and a belt-positioning booster seat provides better protection than a seat belt alone until the seat belt fits correctly.

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