Does your toddler sit in a rear-facing car seat, or a front-facing seat? If you have already flipped your rear-facing seat forward, what were your reasons why?

For many parents, the answers are:

  • Wanted to be able to see child, make eye-contact
  • Child was uncomfortable -- not enough legroom, too hot
  • Child outgrew the weight or height limits of the seat
  • Didn't think rear-facing seats were necessary after infant stage

A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention found that children under two years of age were nearly twice as likely to be seriously injured when riding in a front-facing seat in all crash types, and over five times as likely to be injured in a side-collision. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep children rear-facing until at least two years of age. Other studies have shown the spinal bones connecting a child's neck to their head are not fully developed until about eight years old, punctuating the need for rear-facing seats, which better support the head and neck, longer into childhood.

To help parents provide a safer driving experience for their youngest passengers, Volvo is working with Britax on a next-generation rear-racing car seat able to accommodate children up to six years old. The seats will have a slimmer profile to add legroom, and are covered with a breathable, smooth-to-the-touch wool fabric.

This isn't Volvo's first foray into the realm of child safety. The company demonstrated a child seat concept for the XC90 Excellence last year, and crash-tested the first child car seat in the 1960's, and invented the booster cushion. Start making the car a safer place for your family at Volvo Cars Tempe.

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