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 .