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New car safety seat regulations

(WFLX) - The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are changing their recommendations on how parents buckle up their children for a drive.

The general rule of thumb was to keep your baby in the car seat facing the rear until the child turned one. Now, the new guidelines advise parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until they are 2 years old.

The AAP also recommends most children ride in a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall.

State child safety seat laws will not automatically reflect the recommended change, but the hope is that parents will take it upon themselves to create new rules for their own families.

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