(ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics released its new policy on car seats Monday, advising parents to keep their children in rear-facing seats until the age of two.
The new policy, published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, is an upgrade from the AAP's previous policy from 2002 in which it cited a 12-month and 20 pounds minimum for rear-facing car seats. This minimum prompted many parents to flip the seat to face front as soon as their kids turned one.
Along with the new age limit, the AAP also noted in its new policy that toddlers should remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. The academy also advised this in 2002.
For older children, the academy suggested they should reman in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are between the ages of eight and 12 and have reached a height of four-feet-nine inches. It also recommended that kids should ride in the back seat until they are 13 years old.
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