Experts say kids should stay in rear-facing car seats much longer than previously expected. Parents often turn their kids when they hit one-year-old, but that could risk the child's safety. Godfrey Fire Protection District Public Education Officer Tom Wills says it's best for kids to stay in the rear-facing seats until they reach the weight and height requirements for all car seats.
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After that, booster seats are recommended up until around age 8, when most kids are at the guidelines of 80 pounds or 4’9” at which time most experts think it’s ok to put them in a regular seatbelt. According to recent studies, two-or-three-year-olds are five-times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if they're facing backwards. There is a car seat check at the Godfrey Fire Station #2 on West Delmar from 1-3pm Saturday.