CHILDREN SHOULD BE IN BACK-FACING CAR SEATS UNTIL AGE 2:

Updated recommendations out   from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that children should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are 2 years old, instead of just until they're 1. Toddlers have relatively large heads and small necks, and the force of a crash in a front-facing car seat can jerk their heads, causing spinal cord injuries. For older children who've outgrown front-facing car seats, the organizations say they should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them, which is usually when their height reaches 4-foot-9. They also say that children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat