New Safety Recommendations for Child Car Seats

A recent article published in the New York Times states that there are new recommendations for rear-facing car seats for older toddlers as well as new  recommendations for booster seats.

According to the article, toddlers are often switched from rear-facing car seats to forward-facing seats prematurely. ­The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), issued a statement based on a 2007 study done by the University of Virginia. According to the article, children under the age of two are seventy-five percent less likely to endure severe or fatal injuries in an auto accident if car seats are facing the rear.

Parents transition their child from rear facing car seats to forward facing seats sometime after their child’s first birthday. However, the AAP now recommends parents keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats at least until the age of two or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat.

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The New York Times article quotes Dennis Durbin, MD regarding rear-facing child safety seats and their support of a child’s head, neck and spine.

“A baby’s head is relatively large in proportion to the rest of his body, and the bones of his neck are structurally immature. If he’s rear-facing, his entire body is better supported by the shell of the car seat. When he’s forward-facing, his shoulders and trunk may be well restrained, but in a violent crash, his head and neck can fly forward.”

The new policy statement also recommends that parents continue to use belt-positioning booster seats until their child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller (8 to 12 years old). These belt-positioning booster seats allow the child to be in the correct position for the seat belt to properly fit and protect the child in the event of a crash.

Since rear end accidents are the most common type of auto accidents on the road today with approximately 2.5 million rear end collisions occurring each year, properly positioned child safety seats is an important concern.

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