Rear-facing child car seats offer 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. Have a look at our key elements for ensuring your child travels safely in a rear-facing position.
Why be rear-facing?
- It is much safer. - 80% of injuries can be avoided by doing so.
- It offers far better protection for the head, neck and spine, given that a baby's head is very large and heavy in proportion to its body.
Up until what age?
- Children should always travel in child restraint systems providing they are less than 135cm tall and weigh less than 10kg. We recommend that you continue using child seats until the child is 150cm tall.
- I-Size child seats must be used up to 15 months old.
- Although the law requires that the child should be seating facing the rear up to 15 months old, we recommend doing so until the age of four.
How should children travel in rear-facing child car seats?
• The child must be seated on the vehicle's rear seats, unless they are occupied by other children with child car seats, or if the CRS cannot be installed or there are no rear seats in the vehicle. In this case, the front passenger seat airbag must be disabled.
• Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct installation of the seat. Child car seats can be secured with the seat belt or with the ISOFIX system (they usually require a base).
• Use the reducer cushion. Normally they will need it for the first 3-6 months, at which point the baby's neck starts becoming stronger. Generally speaking, from the age of around six months the child can start sitting up normally. However, it all depends on the child's growth rate.
What is the Plus Test?
The Plus Test is one of the most widely-recognized endorsements at an international level in terms of children's road safety.
These are tests carried out in Sweden which guarantee that the child seat in question has successfully passed a series of tests designed to guarantee the protection of the seat's occupant, and particularly the neck, in a head-on collision, providing that the manufacturer's installation instructions have been followed.
It should be noted that manufacturers submit their products for this testing voluntarily and the test does not replace but rather is in addition to the European R44 and ECE R129 standards.
Child car seats that have passed the Plus Test have the following label:
In this illustration we explain how to use rear-facing child car seats: