Kids safest in rear-facing car seats until age 2

(AP) - New guidelines for parents say children shouldride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years oldinstead of 1. And some kids should ride in booster seats until age12.

That's the advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics andthe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The doctorsgroup and the federal agency issued separate but consistent newrecommendations Monday.

Both organizations say older children who've outgrownfront-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until thelap-shoulder belt fits them.

Booster seat or not, children younger than 13 should ride in theback seat.

The advice is based on evidence from crashes. For olderchildren, poorly fitting seat belts can cause abdominal and spineinjuries in a crash.

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