Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about rear-facing car seats
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Where will my child be able to put their legs?
Once installed, rear facing car seats offer plenty of room for your child’s legs. Children with longer legs will opt for a crossed legged or frog legged position. This may look uncomfortable to an adult but children are much more flexible than adults and they find this a comfortable sitting position. It should be noted that to date, there are no documented cases of children breaking legs in a rear facing seat but there are documented of cases of children with head and spinal injuries from a forward facing seat. Remember, a broken leg can be fixed! We have a number of images available in our gallery for you to see exactly how a child is seated in a rear facing seat.
How do I communicate with my child if they are rear facing?
A child who is forward facing can be a distraction because of the temptation for the driver to turn around and talk to them – this can be very dangerous.
This temptation is removed if the seat is rear facing thus making the journey a safer one. You can purchase mirrors, which can be positioned inside your car so that you can see your child’s face preventing the need for the driver or passenger to turn around.
Won’t my child get bored?
Remember your child knows no other way. They have travelled in an infant carrier since the day they were born so they have never faced forward. There are plenty of toys on the market to help keep them entertained also.
Will my child have a restricted view from a rear facing seat?
Not at all. The seats are positioned quite high and visibility is in fact better than a forward facing seat. The child has the same side window view and in addition, can see out of the back window instead of just staring at the back of the front seat.
Will the seat fit in my car?
The best solution would be to call Securatot’s dedicated help line where a trained member of staff will be able to assist you. We hold detailed information about which seat will fit in which car, and have been trained by the manufacturers so can give you straightforward, practical advice on the suitability of any of our seats for your car. There is generally more than one way to fit each seat in every car and we are able to recommend which method of installation will best suit your requirements. We also hold stock of all the seats we sell and encourage customers to come and ‘try before you buy’ so that you can be confident the seat fits your car properly and safely.
Are rear facing seats a lot more expensive than forward facing ones?
The simple answer is no, they are comparable in price to a good quality forward facing seat.
Mothers on a tighter budget may want to consider one of the models, which can be used from birth. By doing this you will only need to purchase one seat which will take you from newborn to 4 years old saving you the cost on an infant carrier. From as little as 14 pence a day you can provide your child with the best in car safety seating.
What is ISOFIX?
The easiest way to ensure your car seat is fitted correctly is to use an Isofix compatible car seat.
Isofix stands for International Standards Organisation Fix. According to research by the German Insurance Institute, 96% of Isofix car seats are properly installed, compared with only 30-40% of the traditional belted kind. Since 2006 the law has required all new cars to be built with Isofix fittings. However, some vehicles have been fitted with Isofix since 2001, so you will need to check in your vehicle handbook to see if your car is Isofix compatible.
Not every Isofix seat is compatible with every Isofix fitted vehicle. Always check the manufacturers material to make sure.
Is the installation difficult?
Car seats of any kind can be a little difficult to install which is why 7 out of 10 car seats are incorrectly fitted in the UK. We are focused on rear facing car seats, and are trained by the manufacturers so we can you show you exactly how to fit the seats making the experience as simple as possible. We are happy to show you how to install the seat in your own car and we can provide comprehensive, simple to follow guides.
Does it have to go on the back seat?
No. You can install the rear facing seat on your front passenger seat, however we stress that you MUST be able to turn the front passenger air bag off. Again, please call the helpline for further information.
My car has under floor storage compartments, does this mean I cannot buy a rear facing seat?
Some seats will have a supporting leg, which comes down from the back of the seat. In the event of an accident there is a risk that this support leg could pierce the under floor storage and compromise the safety of the seat. There are models however available without the support leg, which can be installed in vehicles with under floor storage
What happens in a rear end collision? Will my child still be safe?
The risk of rear end collision is much lower than any other type of collision. Only a small percent of traffic accidents are rear end crashes. In addition to this, rear end collisions tend to happen at much lower speeds, often when one vehicle is either stopped or nearly stopped, thus resulting in much lower impact speeds and reduced chance of injury. Frontal and side accidents are by far the most common of accidents and also the most severe as vehicles tend to be traveling at higher speeds towards each other. In both of these instances your child will be 5 times safer.
The majority of car seats on sale in the UK are forward facing. Are they not safe enough?
All seats on sale in the UK must pass the ECE test set by the UN. However, the testing carried out does NOT take into account or measure the force that the neck, head and internal organs are subjected to should your car be involved in a crash situation. Rear facing seats in Scandinavia are rigorously tested and will measure the crash impact results on a child’s body. These dramatic results have proven that your child is five times safer in a rear facing car seat compared to a forward facing seat.
What is the difference between the Besafe Izi Kid X3 and the Besafe Izi Combi X3?The
Besafe Izi Kid is a rear facing seat only and cannot forward face at
all. If you have no plans to forward face your child under 18kg, then
this seat will be a good option for you.
The Besafe Izi Combi X3 is a child car seat that is
able to rear face with either isofix points (if purchasing the isofix
seat) or a seat belt. This seat also has the option to be installed
forward facing using a seat belt (this is the case even if you have
bought the isofix seat). Therefore, If you are thinking that you may not
rear face up the 18kg limit then this child car seat might be a good
option for you as you will be able to forward face your child should you