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New Child Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement suggesting children up to two years old be placed in rear facing child seats.  The previous policy was to suggest children be placed in rear facing seats up to the age of one.  According to an article by Aaron Carrol “Better Car Seats Are First Step to Saving Young Lives “published in the New York Times on April 10, 2018 the AAP(American Academy of Pediatrics) has changed its recommendations regarding proper age and weight for children to use car seats.  The new guidelines were influenced by a 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention which took data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s car crash database from 1988-2003.

When questioned roughly 60% of parents said they are following the new recommendations.  The AAP and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cite laboratory sled tests as a source of data supporting the use of rear facing car seats up to two years of age.

What do you think, are the safety benefits worth the extra effort of securing a larger child in a rear facing seat?

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