Center for Injury Research and Prevention

AAP Recommendations

AAP Recommendations
AAP recommendations call for children under
age 2 to remain in rear-facing car seats.

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its updated child passenger safety (CPS) recommendations in the journal Pediatrics. The latest recommendations call for children to remain in rear-facing child safety seats until they reach age 2 or until they outgrow the height and weight limits determined by the manufacturer of their rear-facing child safety seat. Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, CIRP's former co-scientific director, served as the lead author of the AAP’s technical report.

CIRP has created multimedia materials on the latest AAP child safety seat recommendations. Please access the materials below for additional information on these important changes.

For Parents

For CPS Technicians/Educators

For Pediatricians