Car Seat Confusion

Posted by iChild, February 19, 2020 10:08 AM

By Kiddi Caru

New research has found that 1 in 10 of UK parents believe babies can switch to a forward-facing car seat at just 6 months old.

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With a quarter of UK parents actually switching to front facing when their child reaches just 1 years old.

The survey, carried out by Kiddi Caru, found that despite 83% of these parents agreeing that rear facing seats were safer, the majority (52%) with children under 5 years old have chosen to seat their children in front-facing seats.

Shockingly, these figures not only reveal the gamble parents are taking with their child’s safety, but in fact highlights a lack of knowledge regarding the law.

As of 2017, the law states that children MUST be rear facing until they are at least 15 months old, due to rear-facing car seats being, on average, 5x safer than forward-facing (BeSafe).

The fine for using the wrong seat/restraint is £500 and three penalty points on their license, but there could be an outcome a lot more devastating.

Simon Bellamy, Managing Director of In Car Safety Centre, said: “Often parents consider their children as little adults, they are not. Their heads are disproportionately heavier in relation to the rest of their bodies, their bone structure is not fully formed, the rib cage offers little protection to the organs which are still not in the position they would be when they are actually adults.

“Forward-facing too early places a child in an extremely dangerous position. It is our responsibility as parents to provide our children with the greatest level of protection we are able to afford. Rear-facing provides that added protection and is no more expensive than forward-facing. You cannot turn the clock back if you are involved in an accident, the child may suffer life changing injuries or the outcome could be fatal.”

According to Google trend data, searches for “rear facing car seats” has actually decreased over the past five years, despite this law being put in place. If this trend continues and parents remain unaware of the dangers, many young lives could be at risk.

By Kiddi Caru

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