California tightens law on rear-facing car seats for kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ chapters in California supported the bill, saying that rear-facing seats provide the best support for the heads and spines of infants in collisions. Children under 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a vehicle accident if they are riding in rear-facing car seats, according to a 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention. The academy began advising parents three years ago to keep their children facing backward until 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their car seat.