The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have combined to issue new guidelines for parents for children's car seats that are rear facing safety seats, as well as for booster seats. Parents should keep children in rear facing seats until they are two years old, or until they are the maximum height and weight for the seat. Previously, the suggestion was until the child was one year old or twenty pounds.
The two groups also supplied new guidelines for placing children in booster seats. Booster seats are used to properly position the seat belt across a child’s hips, and should have a back to them. The new guideline is to keep a child in a booster seat until they are eight to twelve years old and is at least four feet, nine inches in height.
These guidelines are merely minimums. It is perfectly acceptable to keep a child in a safety seat until they are beyond the maximum height and weight recommend by the manufacturer. This information can be found in the manual that accompanies the product. Under no circumstances should a child sit in the front seat of a vehicle until they are at least thirteen years old.
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