There are two reasons I’m interested in having my car seat questions answered. For one, I’m involved with child car safety awareness campaign #CarseatFullstop (read more about it here). It’s been fascinating, albeit a bit alarming, reading stats, and realising how little I know and how wrong I’ve gone along the way.
Secondly, I’m due in September and looking for a good car seat that ticks all the safety boxes. However, as I’m learning, it’s all very well having a good seat that meets the safety requirements, it’s another learning how to attach it properly, strapping in your child securely, and ensuring the seat faces the correct way. There are so many car seat questions!
Mandy-Lee Miller, founder of the campaign, has shared a stat with me that makes me feel a bit ill when I consider the two or three times my son has driven on my lap (in the passenger seat or backseat), even on short distances. She says that even though you think you can hold onto your baby in an accident, physics makes this impossible.
The weight of a baby at impact is their usual weight multiplied by the speed you are travelling. So even with a tiny baby that weighs 3kgs, if you’re driving at 100kmph, that baby weighs 300kg in an accident, and there’s no way you can keep holiding on, whether you’re in the front or back. This is absolutely staggering.
For more expertise, I’ve turned to Volvo, who are not only sponsors of #CarseatFullstop, but leaders in child safety. Volvo was the world’s first carmaker to test child seats in their crash tests, way back in the 1960s. Below are some frequently asked car seat questions, plus Volvo’s answers. The most interesting thing I found is that Volvo recommends rear-facing car seats until up to six years! Something I thought was recommended until much younger, or 13kg. Read on to find out why they recommend rear-facing seats until this stage…
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