THE BRONX - The American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations for car seat use today.

The organization says kids should stay in rear-facing car seats up until the age of 2, instead of 1. They also suggest older kids use booster seats up to the age of 12 or typically when they reach 4 feet 9 inches tall.

The guidelines were last updated in 2002 and experts say parents need to take notice of the new recommendations.

St. Barnabas Hospital is hosting a special child safety event Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. and it is free for expectant mothers. To RSVP for the event, the hospital says to call 718-960-5030.