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JPMA Statement on AAP Car Seat Guidelines

Saturday, September 1, 2018   (0 Comments)

JPMA Statement on AAP Car Seat Guidelines

as of August 31, 2018

 

JPMA supports the new AAP guidelines for car seat selection and use. We are excited to see that the policy advises parents and caregivers to follow the rear-facing and forward-facing limits of their car seats, eliminating references to age, and basing those recommendations on peer-reviewed science.

 

The most current analysis of crashes in the United States shows that properly used car seats, both rear-facing and forward-facing, are extremely effective in protecting children from harm in vehicular accidents. Following the manufacturer instructions for correct car seat selection and use is crucial to protecting children in motor vehicle crashes.

 

The new AAP guidelines offer an important distinction on when parents should move from one category of car seat to the next (rear-facing to forward-facing, forward-facing to booster, booster to a vehicle's lap and shoulder belt), which is no longer based on age, but on a child's height and weight, and the upper limits of the individual seat. Recommended height and weight limits are not uniform for car seats and may vary by both brand and model of seat.

 

This means parents should wait until their child has fully outgrown each mode of use for a car seat, based on the manufacturer's instructions for height and weight, before moving to the next. This applies to all types of car seats and will be necessary at different ages depending on the size of the child, and the guidelines related to each seat. Age references in the new AAP guidelines are a tool for pediatricians to use when discussing car seat use; they are no longer meant to be the test for proper positioning.

 

Again, we are pleased to read the new AAP guidelines and always recommend parents and caregivers follow manufacturer instructions when using baby products with their child.

 

For additional information please contact JPMA Director of Child Passenger Safety, Joe Colella at jcolella@jpma.org. For media inquiries, please contact JPMA Director of Marketing & Communications, Kelly Voelker at kvoelker@jpma.org


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