The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its recommendation regarding children and car seats.
The new policy, which will be published in the April issue of Pediatrics, advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until they reach the maximum heights and weight for their seat. It also advises that children will need to ride in a belt positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
A change in recommendation from the AAP does not mean a change in the law — although that is a possibility in the future.
It does mean parents should evaluate their child's car seat situation and determine whether it's the safest option possible.
It's also a good reminder to check whether your seat is properly installed. Studies have shown that the majority of seats are installed improperly.
Locally, the Columbus Public Health department coordinates car seat checks, where professionals check to see that seats are properly installed. Here is a list of upcoming checking stations: