Children should drive in rear-facing car seats until they reach the highest height and weight their seat can hold, says a leading pediatrician group.
The prior advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics was to stop a back seat when a child was 2 years old.
"Fortunately, car seat manufacturers have created seats that allow children to stay backward until they weigh 40 pounds or more, which means most kids can look back after their second birthday," said the lead author of the policy statement , Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, in an AAP press release.
"It's best to keep the child behind for as long as possible, which is still the safest path for children," Hoffman added, chairing the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. [1
Thereafter, should Use a seat-posting seat until the lap and shoulder strap of the vehicle is properly seated, which is typically when they reach 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old.
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Using the right seat reduces the risk of death or serious injury to the child by more than 70 percent. Use it every time you drive, said Hoffman.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children, claiming four children under the age of 14 every day for the past 10 years, he said.
"We hope to help parents and caregivers use the right child seat for each ride to better protect children and prevent tragedies," Hoffman said.
If children are old enough and big enough to use their own restraints, they should always do that Use lap and shoulder straps. For the best protection, all children under the age of 13 should sit in the back seat of a car.
The updated policy statement was published on August 30 in the journal Pediatrics.
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