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Why Are Extended Rear Facing Seats The Safer Option?
Safety 16 July 2021

Why Are Extended Rear Facing Seats The Safer Option?

There’s an overwhelmingly mammoth amount of information when it comes to children’s car seats and baby capsules. Research and some shopping around are an essential part of the process in order to find out what you’re looking for and what will work best for you. Firstly, you’ll need to know exactly what an extended rear facing car seat in Australia actually looks like, how it works, and what age groups it is made for. Read on for all the information you need to know before purchasing your rearward facing child restraint.

How do rear facing car seats work?

A rear facing baby capsule is exactly what it says it is. Instead of facing the same way as the driver and other passengers, it is connected to the back seat and faces the rear of the car. These car seats have been designed to be much more effective in the instance that an accident was to occur. A rear-facing baby will move into the back of its capsule and the brunt of the impact will be taken by the back of the car seat. Distribution of remaining force will be taken along their entire back, which is the strongest part of an infant’s body. A rear-facing car seat is the safest way for babies and young children to be restrained, and for the first six months of their lives, it is the only legal way for them to travel in a car.

Why is a rearward facing child restraint safer?

A rear-facing car seat is the absolute safest way for your child of up to four years of age to travel because of the different ways of protecting their body if a road accident were to happen. Rearward facing restraints are effective in the way that they prevent injuries as the child’s head is fully supported by the capsule padding and shell. It lessens the chance of whiplash, which can be fatal in small children as their skeletons and skull are not fully formed. Support is also imperative for the baby's head as the head to bodyweight ratio isn’t optimal as a newborn. As their neck muscles are weak for the first several months, a head-on collision could cause them to sustain severe head trauma if riding in a forward facing car seat.

The rear facing car seat laws in Australia

Australian law mandates that infants up to 6 months old must be restrained in a rear facing car seat. The legislation also states that children up to 4 years of age can also travel in the same type of rear facing seat. This is great news for you as your little one can get a lot more use out of their rear facing seat, especially if it is an extended rear facing car seat.

It’s important to note that age is only a guide and the height and weight of your child is a much better indicator of when to turn the car seat around. Rear facing will keep them safer for longer, but only if they are able to be properly restrained and can sit comfortably in their seat.

Laws surrounding how children are restrained for travel in cars can differ between states and territories of Australia, so it is always best to seek out the information that is specific to your location. Head to your area’s traffic and roads website to confirm the rules.

Shop with Maxi-Cosi for extended rear facing car seats in Australia

When you need quality, affordability and total peace of mind, choose Maxi-Cosi. Our range of forward facing baby car seats and rear facing car seats in Australia have been rigorously tested and comply with very strict safety standards. Shop our massive range of ISOFIX car seats and strollers online today or contact us for more information on how to make the right choice for your baby.