Brand New Safety Guidelines Are Out For Carseats

03.21.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 Brand new car seat guidelines were just released from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They say any child under the age of 13 should not be in the front seat of a car. They say it could cost your child their life, because their spines can't handle the impact of an airbag at that age. Kids who are pulled out of 5-point harnesses before the age of 2 face the same problem in a car crash. Previous guidelines had them at 1 year old. And some kids should be riding in booster seats in the back seat until they are 12 years old. The group says older kids who've outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belts fit them. The advice is based on evidence from crashes. For older kids, poorly fitting seat belts cause abdominal and spinal injuries in a crash.