Wait – when do I turn around the car seat?

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. Check the Clark Law Office website to stay in the loop.

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.

AAP Updates Recommendations on Car Seats

Here’s the AAP policy statement:

Policy Statement−−Child Passenger Safety

(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.)

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