Why is rearward facing safer ?
Recent research has confirmed that babies are safer in a rear facing car seat up to the age of at least 15 months. A baby’s head is 25% of their bodyweight and so they are much more vulnerable in an accident. Whilst they are still growing and the spine developing, it is recommended that baby travels in a rear facing car seat.
Only when your baby reaches 15 months age is your child’s neck strong enough to withstand the impulsive force of an average forward collision. That’s why the new i-Size regulation has increased the recommended age from 9 months, stating clearly that parents should use a rearward-facing i-Size car seat until baby is at least 15 months of age.
Why Should You Keep Your Baby In A Rear Facing Car Seat?
If a baby travels in the car facing forwards, their relatively heavy head is unrestrained in a forward collision – their head will be thrown forward. This can cause serious neck and head injury. Rear facing car seats protect the head and spread the impact over a greater area. According to a recent data, rear facing Group 1 car seats are 5 times safer in a frontal collision*.