**FILE** Tyreik Reese, one of the children in Happy Faces Learning Center evening program, getting a kiss from his mother, Tarnika Hall after being put in the car seat on March 01, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Children should stay in rear-facing car seats until they hit the height or weight limit for the seat, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The updated guidelines are a significant change from the previous recommendation that babies remain rear facing until at least age 2. However, because the new guidelines are now based on the size of the child, some children will remain rear facing even after turning 2.

The guidelines are being tweaked because car seat manufacturers are making seats that let children stay rear-facing until they reach 40 pounds.

Using the right car seat reduces the risk of death or injury by more than 70 percent. In addition, all children younger than 13 should ride in a vehicle’s back seat.

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