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Here in Australia our rear facing max is 12 kilos! We have only one anchor and no chest straps!! We need to come together and change this for the health and safety of all our precious children!

Ten facts that may convince you that rear-facing is the safest option to choose.

FACT Rear facing is five times safer than forward facing.

FACT The British Medical Journal published a report on 11th June 2009 stating that rear facing seats are safer than forward facing seats for children under 4yrs.

FACT Two thirds of child fatalities in the underfour age group occur in cars (the AA).

FACT The British Medical Journal have published an alert on their website advising parents to keep young children in rear facing seats for as long as possible.

FACT A US study involving 870 children aged under 2yrs concluded that rear facing seats were more effective than forward facing seats in protecting children aged 0-23 months for all crash types.

Ten facts In Sweden between July 2006 and November 2007 not one child under the age of six was killed in a car crash. Children in Sweden sit rear facing until the age of four.

FACT 205 children under 5 are seriously injured in the UK every year and a further 21 are killed, while in cars (the AA).

FACT Frontal and frontal offset car-to-car crashes are by far the most common sort of accident. They are also the most dangerous.

FACT A childs neck only needs to stretch more than a quarter of an inch before snapping.

FACT There are no reported incidents of rear facing children hurting their legs.

A childs proportions are different from that of an adult. A childs head weighs 25\% of their total body weight compared to an adult, which is 6\%.
As well as having a disproportionately large head to body size ratio children also have fragile, flexible and poorly developed neck muscles. When a child is forward facing and a frontal collision occurs, the childs head is flung forward in the seat. This will cause an enormous amount of stress in the neck. A childs neck and spine are vulnerable because their spins are still soft and not yet solidified like an adults. In a crash if the spinal cord stretches too far, a mere quarter of an inch, it can snap.
The head of a child also has quite different proportions. The back of the head, and therefore the brain, is oversized compared with the face. Head injuries in a child therefore often involve brain damage. The internal organs are also vulnerable. A soft rib cage under the harness will bend rather than snap. This will limit protection of internal organs such as the heart and the spleen. If a child is travelling rear facing and a collision occurs the whole of the childs back will take the impact instead of only the area where the harness touches the body. This will protect the neck, head, spine and internal organs.

In a forward facing seat the neck is subjected to a force equivalent to 300-320kg, while in a rear facing seat, the force on the neck is equivalent to 50kg. That is 6 times less in a rear facing car seat.

In summary, a rear-facing car seat offers the best protection for your toddler in the types of car crashes that you are most likely to be in.


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