Ensuring that children travel in the safest way possible is our main goal and rear-facing child car seats are the best option available. Given the possible concerns that can arise regarding these types of child seats, we will go over their advantages and some of their weaker points, as well as discussing up until what point a child can travel in a rear-facing position.
ADVANTAGES OF A REAR-FACING CRS
There are certainly far more advantages than disadvantages, although this of course completely depends on each family and their particular child's needs:
-Rear-facing child car seats ensure better protection for the head, neck and spine, which are some of the most vulnerable parts of the body, particularly when it comes to young children. The head, neck and back are in line with the backrest and the impact forces are absorbed by the seat itself thereby reducing the pressure exerted on the chest and abdomen.
-80% of serious injuries can be avoided in the case of a collision.
-They are particularly suitable for children with certain special needs, such as underweight children or those with muscular problems.
-Rear-facing child car seats are usually more expensive than forward-facing ones.
-They are not compatible with all vehicle models. It is therefore extremely important to find out before purchasing a CRS if it can be correctly installed in the vehicle.
-Installing it can often be more complicated since it might have an ISOFIX base and a support leg. Therefore it is a good idea to purchase the seat in-store where they can advise us on what kind of seat will best suit our child's needs and how to install it, as well as clearing up any doubts we might have.
-The child cannot be seen unless we install a mirror.
UNTIL WHAT POINT CAN A CHILD TRAVEL IN A REAR-FACING SEAT?
Let us not forget that children must travel in a child restraint system if they are less than 135 cm tall. Nevertheless, at Fundación MAPFRE we recommend that they continue using a CRS until they are 150 cm tall.
It should be noted that current legislation does not require the use of rear-facing child car seats. Although it is certainly true that the child car seats approved under the i-Size standard require that children travel in a rear-facing position up until they are 15 months old and Groups 0 and 0+ also have rear-facing seats.
At Fundación MAPFRE we recommend that the child travels in a rear-facing seat as long as possible and up to a miniimum of 4 years old. The child's muscles are properly formed at about this age.
The market is increasingly offering more specific child restraint systems so that parents can transport their children in rear-facing seats. Generally speaking, we will come across these types of seats for children up to 25 kg and 120 cm tall.