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Len Rome's Local Health: Keeping kids safe in vehicles

How long should a child stay in a rear-facing car seat?

(WYTV) - It has been recommended to keep a child facing the rear in a car seat until they're 2 years old but studies are now showing a new recommendation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said to keep these children that way as long as possible.

A child in a rear-facing seat faces less risk for serious injury or death in a crash.

"Just because of the way their head and neck is and the way when there is a big car crash -- a huge, massive force -- if they were to be front-facing, the head and neck would give them bad whiplash," said Dr. Purva Grover, from the Cleveland Clinic. "With kids, it could cause much more damage."

If you use the correct safety and booster seat, you can help decrease the risk of serious injury or death by more than 70 percent.

Once the child is out of a car seat or booster seat, keep them in the back seat until age 13.

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