New information released by the American Academy of Pediatrics retracts the “until age 2” recommendation for rear-facing car seats. A re-analysis of data reveals children should remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach 40 lbs.

The original age recommendation was made based on a study supported by biometric research, crash simulation data and careful evaluation of children in Europe who rode in rear-facing car seats for a longer period of time.  However, as questions about the study arose, a re-analysis of the data was performed which determined that the numbers between rear-facing and forward-facing injuries were not significant enough to set age criteria.

The academy’s chairman of Council on Injury, Violence and Poison, Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, stated “we just don’t have a large enough set of data to determine with certainty at what age it is safest to turn children to be forward-facing. If you have a choice, keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible is the best way to keep them safe.”

Fortunately, manufacturers are already making car seats to hold a child up to 40 lbs.

To read more on this change, visit the AAP website, “AAP Updates Recommendations on Car Seats for Children.”

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