I didn’t know you could get rear facing car seats for kids up to the age of 4. When the campaign to promote them was bought to my attention I thought:
- Gosh that would look weird
- How bored would the child be!
However the facts startled me. According to http://rearfacing.motors.co.uk/ who are campaigning around this issue:
- It has been recognised by a range of accredited experts, including the British Medical Journal and ANEC, that rear facing car seats are up to five times safer for children
- Many experts recommend that children should be kept in Group 1 rear facing car seats until the age of four
- It is the legal guideline in the Nordics for children to be rear facing until the age of four
- The fatality figures for children under six years of age during a car collision are twice as high in the UK compared to Sweden
Well to be honest bored and weird looking don’t really come into it when you look at these figures do they? The site also has videos on how to fit these seats and how to entertain a child in one.
Apparently along with me a further 70% of UK’s parents are unaware that Group 1 rear facing car seats exist and they can only currently be purchased from two high street retailers so not yet a big trend.
I have to say this campaign has really made me think.
Many car seats manufacturers do not supply Group 1 rear facing car seats to the UK, whilst they are supplied to the rest of EuropeThe aim of the Motors.co.uk Rear Facing campaign is simple…… educate and increase the knowledge of the safety benefits of rear facing car seats in the UK.
RoSPA agree that it is safer to carry children rearward facing for as long as possible; to the age of four if convenient. British parents should be given all the information they need about rear facing verus forward facing car seats, in order to make an informed decision about the model they feel is right for their child.
It is worth noting however that forward facing seats are designed and tested to European Standards (ECE R44.03 or R44.04), and are in no way considered ‘unsafe’.
However if you can get safer why wouldn’t you?