Kids Should Remain In Rear Facing Car Seats Much Longer Than Before

September 4, 2018

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It's a question many parents have turned to their Pediatrician for an answer, how long should a child seat face backwards?  A new recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that “Children should ride in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, up to the limits of their car safety seat.” This is an update to the group’s previous recommendation that kids should be in rear-facing seats until at least age two. It makes things a little tricky as every car seat is different and you’ll have to look up the specific weight and height requirements issued by your manufacturer. However the APP offers a little more clarification by also stating that those who should ride in rear-facing seats include “virtually all children under 2 and most children up to age 4.” The recommendations are constantly evolving based on new research and safety testing. And studies continue to show that rear-facing is safer. A rear-facing seat “spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body.” It also “limits the motion of the head, reducing the potential for neck injury, and keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint.”

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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