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American Academy of Pediatrics

Safe Carroll: Keep your toddler in a rear-facing car seat until age 2

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Safe Kids Carroll County Coalition wants to remind you of the new guidelines for children riding rear-facing in their car seat. New research indicates that toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear-facing in a car safety seat up to their second birthday. Following are some safety tips for car seat use: • All infants should ride rear-facing in either an infant car seat or convertible seat. • If an infant car seat is used, the infant should be switched to a rear-facing convertible car seat once the maximum height (when the infant's head is within 1 inch of the top of the seat) and weight (usually 22 pounds to 32 pounds)...