A new study proposes new babyseat guidelines for small children riding in cars—and the new rules will surprise you!
Toddlers are usually switched from rear-facing to forward-facing car seats after they’ve had their first birthday—but in a new policy statement, the nation’s leading pediatricians’ group says that’s a year too soon! The American Academy of Pediatrics found that children under 2 are 75 percent less likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries in a crash if they’re facing the rear. The study noted that in Sweden, children are required to face the rear until age 4, and they have the world’s lowest highway fatality rate for children under 6. Wow, this is major! The new policy statement also advises that older children should ride in a booster seat until they are 4’9″ tall and 8-12 years old. That’s because using a booster seat is really the only way to ensure that a seatbelt is properly positioned on a child.
OK, it’s pretty easy to make a 2-year-old stay in a rear-facing car seat, but try making a 12-year-old sit in a booster! Right??