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 2 years old or younger, they should be in a rear-facing car seat.

Under these guidelines, it encourages parents 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 its 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 points 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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