Recent research has confirmed that babies are safer in a rearward facing seat up to the age of at least 15 months. Only then is the child’s neck strong enough to withstand the impulsive force of an average forward collision. That’s why the new i-Size regulation clearly requires using rearward-facing seats for all babies up to the age of 15 months.
If a baby travels in the car facing forwards, the relatively heavy head is unrestrained in a forward collision – the head will be thrown forward. This can cause serious neck and head injury. Rearward facing restrains the head and spreads the impact over a greater area.