Rearward facing seats much safer for toddlers
Hitting the roads for the holidays? Evidence suggests that children aged 4 and under are up to five times safer when traveling rearward-facing compared with forward-facing. Unfortunately in Europe, the standard and laws have not kept up with emerging evidence to support extended rear facing.
Thus while legislation (UN ECE R44) allows a child to travel forward-facing from 9kg onwards (a weight that can be reached at the age of 6 months), the European Parliament recommends that children up to the age of three should be secured in rear-facing child seats.
In addition to the use of appropriate child restraints, children under the age of 12 and/or 150 cm should be seated in the back seat whenever possible, as is the law in several European countries. Safe travels!
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