The latest car seat guidelines from the AAP recommend that infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car seat until Age two or until they have reached the weight and height limits of the car seat. This changes the previous recommendation that infants could face forward at a weight of 20 pounds and age of one year. Once they have outgrown the rear facing car seat, kids should ride facing forward with a five point harness restraint for as long as possible. Many car seats have forward facing weight limits of 65-80 pounds when used with harness straps. A high backed booster seat is safer than one without a back. Booster seats should be used until the child is 4 foot 9 inches tall. This usually means age 9-12. Regular seat belts alone do not adequately protect a child from injury if the child is shorter than 4 foot 9 inches tall.
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