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New Child Passenger Safety Seat Guidance Advises Kids to Ride Rear-Facing As Long As Possible

Thursday, August 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Claire Etheridge
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The most dangerous thing that U.S. children do as part of daily life is ride in a car. Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older.

Using the correct car safety seat or booster seat can help decrease the risk of death or serious injury by over 70%, and parents look to their pediatricians as a trusted source of guidance.

New evidence over the past decade prompted the Academy to update the policy statement and technical report Child Passenger Safety. The documents are available at and, and will be published in the November issue of Pediatrics.

The impact of the revised policy should be minimal, as the only significant change is the removal of a specific age, 2 years, as a criterion for when a child changes from a rear- to a forward-facing car safety seat.

Read more from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.

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