Parents: Do NOT use car safety seats outside the car

The AP is reporting that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued separate but consistent” new recommendations about car safety seats and and children riding in cars. These new recommendations (see this and the next two blogs) will require families to make some adjustments. And, I think this particular recommendation will surprise many: 
The pediatricians’ group recommends that child safety seats NOT be used outside the car – as they often are – since they can tip and fall off tables, countertops, and other surfaces.

More than 8,000 infants a year are injured in each year when child safety seats are used improperly or for unintended purposes, a supplemental report warned.

So, it’s okay to bring the child into a restaurant in his or her stroller, but from now on, no propping those child safety seats on the restaurant table or in an upside down child seat.

 

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