New Car Seat Guidelines Focus On Height, Weight

Pearl Mccarthy
September 3, 2018

A new guideline by the American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests kids stay in a rear-facing auto seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their vehicle seat; the average being up to four years old.

It's then recommended that children who are too big for their forward-facing auto seats be moved to a belt-positioning booster seat until they are big enough to properly use the car's built-in lap and shoulder seat belt. But the same isn't true for forward-facing auto seats, where kids' bodies "are restrained by harness straps, but their heads - which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy - are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries".

"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.

"Previously, the recommendation was up to 2, now it could be up to 4 years, numerous rear facing seats will go up to 40 pounds", said Pam Johnson, a Registered Nurse at Mayo Clinic Health Systems.

The change means that most children will remain in rear-facing seats well after their second birthdays.

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Taking into consideration the drastic change in recommendations, even a child turn two, they might need to keep facing the rear of their vehicle. "Where one of the things that we know with child-passenger safety, is that parents should actually think of it as the opposite".

In light of the news, the AAP also released a few tips to help parents better determine when their child should move to a forward-facing vehicle seat, to a booster seat and beyond.

Ultimately, using a auto seat, whether front-facing or rear-facing, is key. Each transition - from rear-facing to forward-facing, from forward-facing to booster seat, and from booster seat to seat belt alone - reduces the protection to the child. This typically happens when a child is between 8-12 years old and at least 4 feet, 9 inches. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.

In this undated stock photo, a mom buckles her infant son safely into a rear facing auto seat as they get ready to drive somewhere in their vehicle.

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