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Kids and Car Seats – Recommendations Change

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have both issued separate statements which are consistent with the message that a child is safest in a car while riding rear facing until the age of 2. This recommendation is a change from the previous recommendation of turning a child around when they reach the age of 1.

The academy feels that children should not be turned around prematurely. In a crash their spinal cords are not able to withstand the force on their bodies,

“an estimated 1,000 children injured in forward-facing seats over 15 years might not have been hurt if they had been in a car seat facing the back, said Dr. Dennis Durbin, lead author of the recommendations and a pediatric emergency physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.” (read more)

Further, the academy and the agency are also now recommending that older children remain in a booster until the vehicle’s lap shoulder belt fits them. This would be when they are approximately 4 foot 9 inches tall or generally between the ages of 8 and 12.

If you or your child has been injured in a car or bus related accident, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood, at 919.233.0520 so we can discuss protecting your legal rights.

This entry was posted in Car Safety, Car Seats, Child Safety & Injury.