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Published on Jul 13, 2011
For parents of children who have outgrown their rear-facing seats
More than 1,000 children 12 and younger die in passenger vehicle crashes every year, and more than 100,000 are injured. Parents can reduce the risk to their kids by properly securing them in the back seats.
The "Keeping Children Safe In Crashes" series of videos help parents choose the right type of restraint for their child's age and size and provide general information on installation and use.
All children should ride rear-facing in back seats until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the height and weight limit of their child restraints.
When children reach the rear-facing height and weight limit of their child restraint, they should be turned forward-facing in a convertible or another forward-facing child restraint. They should remain in forward-facing child restraints in back seats for as long as possible. Some forward-facing seats have weight limits only up to 40 pounds but many forward facing seats now go up to 65 and even 80 pounds.