The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated their car seat recommendations after more extensive studies.
Previously, it was recommended, and in some states required, to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until they were two years old.
Now, the AAP recommends children stay rear-facing until they are forty pounds.
The AAP says that after further research, and car seat manufacturers creating seats to allow children to stay rear-facing longer, they recommend children remain rear-facing until they reach forty pounds.
The AAP says when a child is rear-facing, the head, neck, and spine are supported by the hard shell of the car seat. In the event of a crash, the car seat will absorb most of the force while protecting those parts of the body.
When a child faces forward, their head, neck, and spine can be thrown forward in a car accident which can cause serious injuries.
Overall the AAP says if you have the choice, keep your child rear-facing as long as possible.
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Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, “AAP Updates Recommendations on Car Seats for Children”