Car crashes are the leading cause of death in kids over age 3 in the U.S., and yet many parents still don’t use car seats properly or don’t know what the guidelines are for car safety restraints, according to study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its child passenger safety guidelines, which recommend:
The new study reviewed three years of data of 21,500 kids from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2007-09 National Survey on the Use of Booster Seats. The study revealed that more than 1 in 3 kids aged 11 to 12 were riding in the front seat, 1 in 4 children aged 8 to 10 were front seat passengers, as were 1 in 7 of those aged 6 to 7.
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