Parents: Children younger than age 13 should ride in back seat of your car

The AP reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued separate but consistent” new recommendations about the use of car safety seats with children. These new recommendations will require many families to change their current habits.

Children “younger than 13 should ride in the back seat, the guidelines from both groups say.”

The advice is “based on evidence from crashes. For older children, poorly fitting seat belts can cause abdominal and spine injuries in a crash.”

Preteens and young teens may not be happy with this new recommendation … but it sure beats the alternative.

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