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NHTSA’s New Child Seat Guidelines

Choosing the right car seat for your child is often a challenge for many parents. This is why The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued some guidelines to help consumers keep their child safe by using the child seat in the appropriate manner. Those guidelines are based on the latest scientific and medical research and the development of new child restraint technologies.

So, the novelty is that they advise parents or caregivers to install the seat rear-facing until the child is two years old, or reaches the height and weight limits advised by the seat’s manufacturer. Even if they get to meet one of these two conditions, it’s better for a child to continue to use a special car seat, and until they hit 13 years, they should only ride in the back seat.

As an extra precaution, HTSA recommends young children to ride in the back seat, and if there is no other solution than sitting in the front seat, the passenger air bags should be turned off.

To complete this set of advice, Administrator Strickland declared that when selecting the child seat, parents should take into account other factors too, such as their child’s weight, height, physical development and behavioral needs, as well the family’s economics and type of vehicle.

“Safety is our highest priority”

said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“The ‘best’ car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your vehicle and one you will use every time your child is in the car.”

So, how do you keep your child safe while being in the car?

[Source: Autoblog]