Child car seats receive new guidelines

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The age limit for children in rear-facing car seats is being eliminated.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child is two years old or less, they should be in a rear-facing car seat.

Under the new guidelines, parents will be encouraged to keep their kids in the rear-facing style until they reach the seat’s maximum height and weight limit, even if they are older than two years old.

Injury prevention coalition coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital Bill McMahaon said the new guideline is the safest it’s ever been.

“It is the absolute safest position for a child to be in, in the back seat, rear facing for as long as possible.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics also pointed out that utilizing the right car seat or booster can aid in  decreasing a child’s risk of death and or serious injury by 70 percent.

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