LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — New guidelines for parents say children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are two-years-old instead of one. And some kids should ride in booster seats until age 12.
That's the advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The doctors group and the federal agency issued separate but consistent new recommendations Monday.
Both the NHTSA and the AAP says children should ride rear-facing until 2 or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their care safety seat's manufacturer.
Both organizations say older children who've outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them.
Booster seat or not, children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
The advice is based on evidence from crashes. For older children, poorly fitting seat belts can cause abdominal and spine injuries in a crash.
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