Children under four should travel in rear-facing car seats

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Clearer guidance on car seats is needed as many people are unaware that it is safer for children up until the age of four to be placed in rear-facing car seats, claims a new study.

Motor sales company is calling for the Government, retailers and manufacturers to take more responsibility in educating parents on children’s car seats after a survey of 1,000 UK parents revealed that seven out of ten are unfamiliar with the safety benefits of rear-facing car seats.

According to, previous research has shown that rear-facing car seats reduce serious injuries in children by 92 per cent, while forward-facing car seats only reduce injury by 60 per cent.

Currently UK law requires parents to use rear-facing seats for babies weighing up to 13kg, roughly nine-months-old.

However, in the United States and Nordic countries, such as Norway and Sweden, parents are advised to keep their children in rear-facing car seats up until they are 16-25kg in weight, around four-years-old.