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Pediatric Academy releases new guidelines for children in rear-facing car seats

Posted: 12:09 PM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 13:09:50-04

New guidelines for children in rear-facing car seats have been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, according to ABC News .

The academy is advising that children now stay in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible to protect their neck, head, and spine in the event of a crash.

The AAP is now recommending that children remain rear-facing until the age of 4 or by the time they have reached the maximum height and weight labeled on the car seat.

Previously the AAP recommended that parents transition their children from a car seat to a booster seat after the age of two.

The AAP claims that using the correct car or booster seat can decrease the risk of death or serious injury by over 70%.

Read more on the new guidelines, here .

Read ABC News’ full story, here .