Experts update recommendations for rear-facing car seats


(WIAT) — Experts have released new information for parents with young children regarding car seat safety. 

A video released showing how rear-facing seats can absorb a simulated crash compared to forward-facing seats has the American Academy of Pediatrics updating its recommendations for car seats. 

The group used to recommend rear-facing seats until at least age 2. Now, the academy wants parents to keep children in rear-facing seats until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements, even if they are older than two years old. 

“Even if their children’s legs are longer than the car seat, they can easily folder their legs up into the car seat and it’s actually much safer for their legs,” said Natasha with Safe Kids Worldwide. 

The new policy also recommends older kids stay in forward-facing seats and booster seats until they reach the max height and weight recommended by the manufacturers. 

CBS News contributed to this report

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