NHTSA issues new child seat guidelines

March 23, 2011

Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new child car seat guidelines on March 21.

The new guidelines (.pdf file) advise parents to keep children in rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seats for “as long as possible” before moving them up to the next type of seat. For example, NHTSA recommends parents keep young children in rear-facing seats as long as they fit within the height and weight limits set by the car seat manufacturer.

The new guidance is in line with a new policy statement issued March 21 by the Elk Grove Village, IL-based American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends young children be placed in rear-facing car seats until age 2.