Is your child safe in their car seat?

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new Child Passenger Safety Recommendations.

It's something no parent wants to think about, their child being involved in a car crash.

But, Safe Kids Columbus Christy Hubbard says all parents need to face reality and think about safety.  The best practices for car seats that she has been teaching for years is now a new guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"The best recommendation is to read on your car seat and what ever it says, if it says rear facing till 35 pounds, keep that child rear facing till they are 35 pounds."

The new recommendation by AAP says a child should ride rear-facing until they are two years old or they reach the highest weight or height of their particular car seat.  Research shows that a child's spine and neck are not strong enough to sit front-facing until age two.

Once a child graduates from a car seat, they normally ride in a booster seat.

In the state of Georgia, legislators are trying to pass a law that requires children to be in a booster seat till they are eight years old.

Hubbard explains, "most eight year olds are not at the height requirement and the seat belt is rubbing against their neck and it is all over their stomach. They are putting the seat belt behind their back and underneath their arm, which can cause serious injury."

Always remember that even when a child is old enough or large enough to be out of a booster seat, you have to use a seat belt properly for it to be effective.

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