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Crib Notes: New Car Seat Regulations

Don’t put those car seat mirrors in storage just yet. Today the American Association of Pediatrics released new car seat safety regulations which state that toddler car seats should remain rear facing until the age of 2–a significant increase from the previously accepted age of 1. The new regulations also stipulate that booster seats should be used until a child is 4’9” tall to make sure that a seatbelt would fit properly when they make the transition. What do you think of these new regulations?

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    News Mom March 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I have to say, while I’m all for safety, these seem a little extreme. A 2-year-old’s legs would be so scrunched in a rear-facing situation, it just doesn’t seem to make sense. Also, 4’9″??? There are Olympic gymnasts and skaters who would be in booster seats by that measure. It’s only 3 inches shorter than me! Perhaps they can come up with a better after-market adjustment to the seat belt instead. Plus, by the way, you’re not supposed to use those mirrors, by the safety standards either. Just another safety precaution I’m guilty of flouting.

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