Infant car seats should always be installed to face the rear of the car. A small child is much less likely to die or be seriously injured when in a rear-facing seat. That’s because the back of the safety seat will cradle the baby’s head, neck, and torso in a crash.
Which way should a baby face in a car seat?
i-Size car seats are designed to keep children rear-facing for longer, provide better side impact protection and make car seats easier to fit correctly. If you are using an i-size seat, your baby should be kept rear-facing until they’re at least 15 months old (Good Egg Safety, 2017; RoSPA, 2018b).
Does a baby car seat go behind the driver?
You should only install a car seat behind the driver or passenger seats under the following conditions: If you have more than one car seat that needs to be installed. If your child is riding in the forward-facing position and you have another child riding in the backseat that doesn’t need a car seat.
Is driver or passenger side safer?
The rear-center is perceived to be the safest, as it is furthest from side impact on either side. Statistically there is no significant difference from driver’s side vs passenger side.
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.
When can a baby go forward facing UK?
Legally, your child can travel in an ECE R44/04 approved car seat facing forward once they are 9 kg, which is approximately age nine months. But don’t be tempted to rush into making the switch. There are lots of good reasons why many parents choose to increase the age before facing their baby forward in a car seat.
Can you use IsoFix forward facing?
Currently, IsoFix can only be designed into seats that cater for rear facing or forward facing for children up to 4 years of age. Any seat that caters for children over 4 years, cannot have this added.