New guidelines for young children in car seats

( WSYM ) - There are new recommendations regarding car seats for kids.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should remain rear-facing in their car seat for as long as possible, even past their 2nd birthday.

Parents should wait until children reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat before placing it in a forward-facing position.

“Fortunately, car seat manufacturers have created seats that allow children to remain rear-facing until they weigh 40 pounds or more, which means most children can remain rear-facing past their second birthday,” said Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. “It’s best to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. This is still the safest way for children to ride.”

Studies show rear-facing is the safest way to ride because the head, neck and spine are supported by the seat.