The CRS’s in group 0 and 0+ (babies up to 12 months or 10 kilos in group 0 and 13 kilos in group 0+) were the first to demonstrate the enormous reduction in injuries sustained by babies if the seat is backward facing. The latest studies carried out by independent laboratories also show that seats in group I (up to 3 years and 18 kilos) reduce risk of injury by up to 75% when installed backward facing.
When the seat is positioned forward facing a head-on collision can cause tension in the neck, which can lead to a spinal injury or even death. Positioning the child seat backward facing gives much more protection to these areas by evenly distributing the force of impact.
From 3 or 4 years, when they weigh more than 18 kilos, it is usual for children to travel forward facing like everyone else.
At the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we recommend keeping the seat in a backward facing position during the first years of your child’s life. After about 3 or 4 years and when weighing over 18 kilos, it is best to adjust the CRS for each journey.