Baby car seat installation: back or facing the road?

The installation of the car seat is part of the rules for road safety. In fact, it is compulsory to place children under 10 in a restraint system for each journey by car. Should the baby car seat then face the rear or the front? The answers, here.

How to install the car seat?

Whether for short or long journeys by car, the baby car seat suitably to reduce the risk in the event of a frontal impact in the rear seat of the vehicle.

By law, a child weighing up to 9 kg must be installed rearward facing in a car seat ECE R44 / 04 approved. Car seats belonging to group 0+ can also be fitted towards the rear of the vehicle, but up to 13 kg. Any type of R44 car seat will not allow your child to travel facing the road if they weigh less than 9 kg.

With regard to models meeting the ECE R129 standard, your little one can be rear-facing for up to 15 months. The details relating to the approval appear on the orange label. In terms of safety, traveling rearward facing is recommended, as the child's neck and cervicals are better protected in the event of side or frontal impact. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is the best way to travel safely.

It is important to note that car seats are classified not by age, but by weight or height of the child. Usually, they support a weight of 18 kg, the average weight of a 4 year old child. However, there are models suitable for larger jigs, up to 25 kg.

How long to use a car seat?

It is possible to use a booster for up to 10 years. Previously, his pelvis could not withstand the pressure exerted by the seat belt. In fact, it is difficult to position the belt correctly. Regarding the type of booster, choose a model with backrest to better protect baby's head and bust. You just need to adjust the height of the backrest according to its size. Generally, this type of car seat can easily accommodate children under 150 cm.

For information, children can go to the front of the vehicle from 10 years old, but taking care to fasten their seatbelt. If you violate this rule, you risk a fine. In addition, it is possible to fix the car seat in the front if there is no room in the rear of the vehicle, if other children under 10 are already installed there or if there is no rear seat, but on condition that the airbag is deactivated. In taxis and buses, the use of a car seat is not compulsory. In coaches, they are fitted with seat belts. However, it is possible not to put it on if the morphology of the baby does not allow it.