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New Car Seat Guidelines from the AAP & NHTSA

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March 22nd, 2011, 09:56 AM
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The AAP and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have recently released new car seat guidelines.  The guidelines are no longer based on the type of car seat but instead are based on the child’s age.  Both the AAP and the NHTSA are now recommending that parents keep their infants in a rear facing car seat as long as possible before moving them to a forward facing
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March 22nd, 2011, 09:56 AM
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I am glad to see the updated guidelines. I know a lot of our moms have been keeping their infants rear facing for longer already but it's good to see this supported by the AAP and NHTSA.
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March 23rd, 2011, 11:01 AM
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SO HAPPY to see this! Rear facing children are 75% less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash. That is a HUGE number! I hope to see lots more parents keep their kiddos RF longer!
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April 4th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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This is great for us second time around moms when the research at the time would say differently.

I like the part in this article is keeping yuor child in the same car seat as long as possible. I know alot of moms who want to upgrade as soon their children meet the min. requirements. Nice to see people saying to do the opposite.
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November 8th, 2013, 11:53 AM
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Remember not to put any child seat in the front. Here is a video showing what happens to a rear-facing child seat in an airbag demo deployment ...
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