New Car Seat RecommendationsSeptember 28, 2018
Car seats are meant to keep your most precious cargo safe and unharmed in the event of a car accident. There are a wide variety of brands and styles, from rear-facing infant seats to booster seats that are secured with the vehicle’s seat belt.
There are also specific recommendations based on the height, weight, and age of the child. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated their recommendations for the age limit for rear-facing car seats, to reduce the risk of injury if there is an accident.
Prior to these new recommendations, parents were urged to keep children in rear-facing seats until at least the age of 2. The AAP now says that children should remain in their rear-facing seats until they reach the seat’s maximum height and weight limit, even if they are older than two.
For most children, this means that they will remain in their rear-facing car seat until they are approximately four years old.
Benefits of Rear-Facing Car Seats
According to a certified technician for the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide, children should stay in their rear-facing seats for as long as possible, because it is much safer for their legs; even for children with longer legs. This position also does a better job of protecting a child’s head and neck in the event of an accident.
The certified technician teaches parents how to properly install their car seats, and why it is so important to keep them rear-facing as long as possible.
Many parents switch their child to a forward-facing seat for any number of reasons. They want to look in the rear-view mirror and be able to see, and interact with, their child. Also, as the child gets older, he or she may want to face forward, so that he or she can see the parents in the front seat.
If the child becomes fussy every time a parent must secure them into the car seat, a parent may look for any excuse to be able to switch seats. However, it is much better to deal with a fussy child than to put their safety at risk by switching car seats too soon.
These new recommendations also apply to older children who are in forward-facing seats or booster seats. The AAP says that kids should remain in these seats until they reach the maximum height and weight that is recommended by the manufacturer.
According to the AAP, using the correct car seat for the recommended amount of time can reduce a child’s risk of injury or death by more than 70 percent.
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