Many of you probably already got this memo since it’s over a year old now – but in case you didn’t:
1) Rear-facing car-seats decrease the risk of death or severe injury in kids under age 2 by 75%.
Pretty impressive. So the new guideline states that kids should be rear-facing as long as possible – either AGE TWO or when they exceed the max height of their car seat.
2) Car seats decrease risk of fatal injury by 70-80% and booster seats decrease the risk of non-fatal injury by 45%. Kids should be in booster seats until they are 4 feet 9 inches and 8-12 years old. Otherwise, the seat belt will not sit in the right position on the child’s hips and shoulders. They should also be in the back seat until age 13.
I know, your short 12 year old may not feel particularly cool sitting in a booster seat in the back. Just tell them: “SingingDrJosh says ‘safety first!'” Maybe that will work with your kids – unfortunately it doesn’t work with mine.
Here are the highlights from HealthyChildren.org.
Here’s the AAP policy statement:
(In case you’re wondering why I’m posting in the middle of the night – I’m “enjoying” a miserable Eagles loss on Monday Night Football – ugh.)