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If you think your child is safe in his or her car seat — think again. Guidelines have changed

Sep 06, 2013 -- 4:50pm

The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration is constantly testing and retesting child restraint guidelines as the basic construction and features of automobiles and scientific and medical research change each year. Public Information Officer for the Jackson Fire Department, Captain Steve Baugh says you should buy the best seat for the age, weight, and height of your child and do some research. And then use it correctly while setting a good example for your child. He tells KZIM KSIM the newest recommendations have extended a time period for the smallest children who face the back of the car when seated…" Infants should be in a rear facing seat until they are two years old and up to the maximum weight for the car seat. Most are around 35 lbs right now. Studies show kids are safer facing the rear as it gives their neck and back time to form muscles to support their head. Children should remain in a booster seat until they are eight years old or eighty pounds, and reach a height of 4 feet 9-inches. And should be back seat passengers until they are thirteen. Baugh says they conduct child safety check ups each day from 3 to 6pm at station 2 in Jackson. Call ahead to make sure they are available. 243-1010. In Cape you can call 335-7908 to make an appointment. 

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