Experts Just Changed Their Car Seat Safety Guidelines To Keeps Kids Safe

Experts Just Changed Their Car Seat Safety Guidelines To Keeps Kids Safe

For a lot of kids, this means they'll be rear facing until they're 3 or 4 years old.

"They're recommending that you keep your child rear facing for as long as possible until they outgrow the height or the weight restrictions on your own particular seats", said Kelli Jankens, vehicle seat technician.

The new guidelines don't give an exact time to make the switch as it depends on the auto seat and size of the child.

"Every month that a child rides rear-facing a little bit longer gives more time for the head, neck and spine to develop", Kerry Chausmer, director of certification at Safe Kids, told "GMA".

"We honest actual don't include a honorable ample set of files to uncover with straightforward job at what age it's most gather to expose formative years to be forward-going through", Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Damage, Violence and Poison Prevention Executive Committee, added in a commentary.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should remain rear-facing in their auto seat for as long as possible, even past their 2nd birthday.

The change comes after a study that cited data "supported by biometric research, crash simulation data and experience in Europe where children ride rear facing for longer periods" came into question previous year.

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Now, instead of stating that children should be seated in rear-facing seats until the age of 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that parents should consider the child's weight instead of their age.

The pediatricians' advice parents that they should keep their babies rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight and height allowed by the manufacturer of auto seats.

Using the right seat reduces a child's risk of death or serious injury by more than 70 percent.

For Heather Squillacioti, ensuring her children's safety before every road trip is a priority.

Parents are being told about a big change for their children's vehicle seats. "This is often when they have reached at least 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old", the AAP explained.

"The study's talking about the developing spinal system and the bones, and how malleable they are, and it's better to have them rear facing for that impact than it is to have them forward facing", Way said.

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