A few pointers from today’s news release:
The new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in the Pediatrics medical journal, is buoyed by research that shows children under 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are in a rear-facing child restraint.
The pediatricians also recommend that children remain in booster seats until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall — a height most kids don’t reach until they are between 8 and 12 years old. This guideline exceeds Illinois’ child restraint law, which is among the toughest in the nation because it requires children under age 8 to use child safety seats or boosters.
On Monday, the federal government is set to issue its updated child seat guidance that echoes the pediatricians’ advice.
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