According to USA Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and injury lawyers in Michigan recently revised its guidelines on child safety restraints because of the latest recommendations on child safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The revisions have to do with framing the advice based on age, rather than on type of restraint system. According to USA Today, the NHTSA still recommends that parents keep their child in the type of child restraint system they are in for as long as they can before they move the child up to the next child safety seat.
Above all, the NHTSA wants parents to keep their kids in the car seat that fits them best. If a child is getting older, but still fits best in a rear-facing child seat, that is what they should ride in. Parents should consider the height and weight of their child when they decide what seat will keep them safest in the event of a car accident.
According to USA Today, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells parents that the best seat is the one that fits the child best and fits the car best and will be used every time the child rides in the car.
The NHTSA still advises that children under the age of 13 ride in the backseat of the vehicle. Children in a rear-facing child restraint should not be placed in a seat where an airbag might inflate.