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Keep your infants and toddlers rear-facing longer

Most parents know that you're supposed to use rear facing seats until your child turns 2, but that's no longer the case according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 7:12 PM
Updated: Sep. 14, 2018 12:10 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Most parents know that you're supposed to use rear facing seats until your child turns 2, but that's no longer the case according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"Infants and toddlers who are rear-facing should stay rear facing to the weight and height limit of that seat,"

So why the change?

"Energy from that crash force is spread over the whole back of the child so it is safer for them. You don't have the neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, things like that. "

When your child graduates to a forward-facing seat, the should stay in that seat until they outgrow it by both the height and weight requirements on their particular car seat, not by age.

"If they can't then they have to stay in a booster seat until they can reach that. For most kids that going to be 4 foot 9 a lot of times that's going to be closer to 10 years of age."

Although some these recommendations are not required by law, taking these measures can lower the risk of death or serious injury by over 70 percent.

"So we want all the passengers in the car, kids and adults alike to wear in their seat belt because you don't want the child all nice in their car seat and you don't want some other passenger in that vehicle to become a projectile, and they cause injury to that child because they hit that child."

And of course, make sure the car seat you have is properly installed.

"My seat doesn't move more than an inch side to side or backwards."

"90 percent of the car seats that we see through our permanent fitting station, the seats are installed incorrectly."

For more information about car seat safety tips, call 260-435-7887.

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