Monday, March 21, 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are recommending all children stay in rear facing car seats until the age of two. The rule had been one-year- old or 20 pounds.
The guidelines for elementary children have changed as well. Previously, parents were advised to keep kids in booster seats until about the age of 8. Now it's recommended until the child is 4 foot 9 inches. That will include some kids up to 12-years-old.
Amy Gilman is the mother of six. She says holding off on the front facing seat is going to be difficult. "It just makes it hard. They can't see you. They can hear you and there's not a lot you can do to help them," said Gilman.
It is also recommended that children ride in the back seat until they are 13.