Benefits of Extended Rear Facing

What's extended rear-facing?

BabyCentre mum vlogger Chloe Bridge is passionate about the safety benefits of extended rear-facing car seats.

  • Research has found that rear facing seats are effective at protecting babies and young children in all types of crashes
  • In the UK, about 200 children are seriously injured in car crashes every year
  • A baby’s head is 25% of body mass vs. just 6% for an adult placing extra strain on the neck during a crash
  • Using a rear facing car seat reduces the risk of serious injury or death from 40% to just 8% compared to a forward facing seat
  • A child under the age of 5 in a forward facing seat is 5x more likely to be seriously injured or killed than in a rear facing seat

Everything You Need to Know About Extended Rear Facing Car Seats

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It all began in 1963 in Sweden when Professor Bertil Aldman noticed that the astronauts in the Gemini space capsule lay on their backs, in the opposite direction which the capsule was travelling to lessen the G-force.  He believed this way of travelling would be much safer for children in protecting the head, neck and spine.

Thomas Turbell continued the research of Professor Bertil Aldman and went on to develop rear facing car seats for children.  After combating much scepticism, research now shows that rear facing car seats have reduced car crash injuries in children by 92%.

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Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing according to statistics

A frontal collision is the most common and most serious because both cars are travelling towards each other.

Regardless of speed, this means a greater impact than a rear end collision because the vehicles will come to a complete standstill once they collide. With a rear end collision both cars are either travelling the same way or one car is stationary, therefore, the impact will be less.

The forces applied to child’s neck in a collision at a speed of 50kmh vary significantly between rear and forward facing

  • Forward facing – from 180 to 320kg
  • Rear facing – from 40 to 80kg
  • A child can suffer injuries from forces of 130kg and above

The effects of forward facing vs rear facing are significant

When forward facing during a collision the child’s body is flung forward causing impact on spine, neck & internal organs.  At a young age a child’s head is disproportionate to their body (up to 25% of their bodyweight) and the spine is still soft. This means the neck is very delicate and these two factors can cause the spine to stretch or even break during a collision

When rear facing during a collision the child is pushed back into the seat which supports the body and protects spine, neck and internal organs.

Rear facing seats reduce the risk of car accident deaths by 90-95% whereas forward facing seats the risk is reduced by only 50-60% (source NTF).  In Sweden, where children are rear facing until 4 years of age, they have the lowest percentage of traffic deaths among children under the age of 6.

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Answers to all of your extended rear facing questions A-to-Z.

  • Where does a child put their legs when rear facing?
  • Won’t they be uncomfortable?
  • Will a child’s legs be broken in a collision if they sit rear facing?
  • How do I see my child and interact with them?
  • What should I do if my child doesn’t like rear face?
  • I’ve heard that RF seats are more complicated to install, is this true?
  • I only have a small car and RF car seats take up more room. Will it fit?
  • And much more…
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No longer will you be governed by the standard milestones and capacity limits! Radian 5 has a 5 point harness to 25kg. Plus with a unique steel frame, exclusive fold mechanism and industry leading Lifetime Warranty, it is the complete multi-stage package.

Group: 0, 0+, 1, 2

Universal: Birth – 18kg

Semi-Universal: 15 – 25kg

Why You Should Consider a Rear Facing Car Seat

BabyCentre mum vlogger Hannah Harding reviews why parents should consider extended rear facing car seats like Radian 5.

If your car is in a head-on collision (which is the most common type of accident), a forward facing car seat will not prevent your child’s body from being flung forwards.The impact of this movement will put pressure on your child’s spine, neck and internal organs.

However, if your child is in a rear facing car seat they will be pushed into the seat instead.

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