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AAP Releases New Recommendations on Child Car Seat Use

Posted on April 15, 2011 2:01 am under Defective Child Care Products

On March 21, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new recommendations on child car seat use.

The academy’s new policy, which appears in the April 2011issue of Pediatrics, discourages parents from transitioning to new car seats too quickly, among other things. The group asks parents not to view the transition from one car restraint as a “rite of passage.” Three new recommendations on child car seat use for children have been issued:

A child under the age of two should ride in a rear facing car seat, as long as the child does not exceed the maximum height or weight limit allowed by the seat’s manufacturer.

Children two years-old and older should ride in a forward-facing harness seat until the weight or height limit is reached.Wisconsin law requires children to be harnessed until age four.

Children who have exceeded the height and weight limit of their safety seat, and are between eight and 12 years-old, should ride in a belt positioning booster seat. In Wisconsin, a child must use a booster seat until the age of eight.

The new recommendations also stipulate that children younger than 13 should ride in the backseat of a vehicle. Children who are old enough and fit the height requirement for seat belt use should use both a lap and shoulder belt for the best protection.

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