Monday, March 22, 2010

New Car Seat Recommendations

The newest recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is that the infant needs to be rear-facing in a car seat till they turn 2 years of age. Multiple studies have shown that infants survive the accident better with less injuries facing backwards than forwards.

  • birth to 2 years of age up to 35 lbs rear-facing

(get a rear-facing convertible seat for children up to 35 pounds)

  • over 2 year of age forward facing car-seat with a harness
  • under 4 feet 9 inches tall booster seat
  • over 4 feet 9 inches tall-safety belt in the back seat
  • All children under the age of 13 years old should ride in the back seat

What is the Arizona law?

The Arizona Child Passenger Restraint Law says that children under 5 years of age need to be in a child passenger restraint device when in a moving vehicle.

As you can see what is lawful in Arizona may not be safe for the children. Children older than 5 years of age and under 4 feet 9 inches still needs to be in a booster seat.

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