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Q: My child wants to be forward facing. What to do?
Unacquainted with any other way, a baby moved from an infant carrier into a rear-facing seat will be perfectly satisfied if not delighted with a new car seat, the latter being bigger and more spacious.

If your child has already used a forward-facing car seat, some dissatisfaction may occur. For the sake of safety, however, keep your child seated in the rear-facing car seat positioned to its maximal limits.

Some children do not like being driven in any car seat. Remember that keeping children in rear-facing car seats increases their chances of surviving a car crash by 5 times.
Q: How can I communicate with my child? Won't my child get bored?
It is true that you will not be able to see your child in his/her rear-facing car seat, but you will still be able to hear him/her. After a while you will realize that you are able to communicate with your child in the same way as before, even though the child is not able to see you. You can listen to the music or fairy tales, you can sing songs, your child can look at a book, etc.

If your child does get bored, it is very unlikely to do so because of facing rearward.
Looking back, while driving, to check on your child is very dangerous. If your child is seated in a rear-facing seat, you will probably not even try it. Therefore you will be more focused and attentive to the situation on the road.
Q: Will my child be able to look through the window?
Facing rearward, your child will probably have an even better view of what is going on than if seated in a forward-facing car seat. Your child will be able to see both through the side and rear windows. When the child is faced forward, its view is obstructed by the headrest of the front seat.
Q: What about leg space?
At the first glance, rear-facing seats may seem quite uncomfortable and offering little leg room. Adults consider many children's sitting positions rather uncomfortable and almost impossible, whereas children feel completely relaxed in them. A child seated in a rear-facing car seat can stretch legs onto the back rest of your car's seat, cross them, pull them back or »dangle them off the car seat«. Children find these positions quite comfortable.
Q: Can legs get injured in case of a car accident?
This position might seem to put the child's legs at greater risk of injury in case of a car accident, but on the other hand, the rear-facing car seat offers much more protection to your child's neck and spine. Although choosing one potential car crash injury over another is never pleasant, leg injuries heal much faster and are not usually fatal as opposed to head, neck or spine injuries.

Anyhow, there are no recorded cases of children injuring their legs while seated in rear–facing car seats. But there are, however, many recorded cases of leg injuries with children in forward-facing car seats. And what is more, these injuries often come with quite severe or even fatal head, neck or spine injuries.
Q: Aren't forward-facing car seats ECE certified, widely accessible and therefore safe enough?
All car seats available in the EU must pass the ECE standard testing. This, however, is limited to individual car seat parts and fails to measure the force the neck and head are subjected to in a car accident. A car seat may pass the test without ascertaining how the child's neck or head would be affected in case of a car accident.

In Sweden, the forces to which the child's body is subjected are also measured. These tests clearly show that children seated in rear-facing car seats are 5 times safer than children in forward-facing car seats.
Q: What about expert opinions?
To view expert opinions on rear-facing car seats, please refer to the »Expert opinions« tab.
Q: What is the ECE standard?
All car seats available on the EU market have to comply with the international ECE R44/04 standard, which guarantees that individual integral parts of the car seat (shell, frame, harness, covers, etc.) are produced from appropriate materials, that the seat has successfully passed the safety tests and that it can be installed in a passenger car by means of the Isofix system or three-point automatic seat belt.
Q: Will a rear-facing car seat fit into my car?
To view the list of passenger cars which allow the installation of rear-facing car seats, please click »Vehicle list«.
Q: What is the Isofix system and can it be used with rear-facing car seats?
The Isofix system is a standard for installing to ensure the safety of children in your passenger vehicles. The system has been in use since 2000 and was designed as some sort of a fitting for fast and simple installation of the car seat into the passenger vehicle.

Most modern cars have Isofix points built into the seats, thus allowing for an Isofix car seat or Isofix car seat base to be installed by a simple press and click. The Isofix system can be used with car seats Kidzofix, Triofix, Kiss 2, Fair G, Dinofix, Babyfix,...
Q: Is rear facing a new invention in Europe?
No. The initiative for modern children's safety was introduced in 1963 in Sweden. While watching a US TV programme, Bertil Aldman (Chalmers University, Göteborg) noticed the position of astronauts in the Gemini space capsule. The astronauts coped with the g-force much easier while lying on their backs in the opposite direction of the g-force. Professor Aldman believed that the same principle could be applied to car safety equipment, thus providing a much greater degree of protection to the child's head, neck and spine in the event of head-on collisions.

While professor Aldman started his research in this field, Thomas Turbell went down in history as the father of rear-facing car seats. Although at first having to deal with many sceptics, who did not recognize all the advantages of rear-facing car seats, he stood firm in his research-based belief that rear-facing car seats can reduce serious car crash injuries by as much as 92%.
Q: What about reversing accidents?
Head-on collisions statistically occur at higher velocities, thus causing severe body injuries. Reversing accidents generally occur at lower velocities and usually end in material damage. From a statistical viewpoint, it is therefore more important that your child is better protected in case of head-on collisions. Much like a head-on collision, a reversing crash causes the driver to hit the brakes, thus subjecting the child's neck and head to a similar force as in head-on collisions, while the most vital parts of your child are protected by the car seat shell.
Q: What to do if a rear-facing car seat purchased abroad does not comply with the valid standards in my country?
In Europe, all car seats on the market must comply with the currently valid standard ECE R44/04. With regard to the standards in force outside the EU, please refer to the applicable legislation in the country of interest.
Q: Can my child still sit in the rear-facing car seat after it has outgrown it?
Your child may in no case use a car seat that does not fit in terms of age, height or other specifications. It should be noted that your child is not safe if accommodated in a car seat not intended for its age group.
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Rear facing children are 5,32 times safer.
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Child is 75 % less likely to suffer severe body injuries.
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Reduces the risk of car accident deaths by 90-95 %.
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