It recently came to my attention that there is a campaign to educate British parents about the benefits of using rear facing car seats.
Second hand car dealers motors.co.uk have joined ranks with RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and BeSafe who all agree that rear facing car seats should be used for as long as possible, preferably up to the age of four years old at least.
The website states several reasons why rear facing car seats are safer for your child and it also contains videos and infographics to provide guides and information on the benefits.
I have to say that I am not convinced that rear facing car seats are better or safer. Whilst there was mention on the site of it being widely accepted that rear facing seats were safer the comparisons were made against Nordic countries alone. I would have liked to have had a general road safety comparison figure of accidents of each country in total. Call me cynical but the better figures might just be down to the Nordic countries having safer drivers.
I also cannot see how any of my children at four or five years of age would have been comfortable on a relatively long drive with their legs up against the rear of a seat. Thinking to our recent trip to Devon a couple of months back where it took the best part of ten hours to get home, I can imagine they would have been complaining desperately of discomfort. Despite the website’s video expert trying to reassure parents that children are made differently and claims that children will sit cross legged I am definitely not convinced. My children fidget and stretch and move their legs about at the best of times. Expecting five year olds to sit with no option of stretching their legs out in front of them if they need to seems unreasonable.
All car seats are stringently tested. I think I’d need more evidence at the moment before being fully convinced to switch to a rear facing car seat for older children and I think I’d need to be able to hire a few to test and trial with the children before committing to purchasing one.
What do you think about rear facing car seats for children up to five years old?
More information can be found at http://rearfacing.motors.co.uk/.
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