Thursday, November 29, 2007

Which rear facing car seats is available in Norway?

Rear facing car seats

The picture on the right side shows a little girl rear facing in a HTS BeSafe iZi Combi seat. The seat is mounted in a Ford Escort stationwagen 1993 mod. The girl is 15 months old, 81 cm long and weights 10 kg.

A lot of people believes that you have to have a rather large, new car to have enough room for a rear facing car seat. It is not so. In the Norwegian market to day it exists rear facing car seats which will fit into smaller cars such as for example: VW Polo, Nissan Micra, Mazda 121, 323 og Peugot 105 og 306. That means that there should be a possibility to find a rear facing seat that fits in your car, but it is important to try different seats to find the seat that fits perfect in your car. It is not a good idea to just go out and buy a car seat, it is important to try it in the car first.

Overview of rear facing car seats available in Norway(the infant seats are not included in this list):
  • Akta Graco Cosmic Comfort 0 - 25 kg, approved up till 18 kg in the backseat and 25 kg in the front seat(NB! It it not allowed to have a rear facing child in the front seat where there is an active airbag).
  • Akta Graco DuoLogic 0 - 18 kg, can be mounted with either isofix, 2 point seatbelt or 3 point seatbelt.


Unknown said...

I think people who question whether a tether or latch system was used in the FFing crash tests are missing the point. It’s the force of the head moving forward that’s dangerous, and no car seat is equipped with a head strap! Remember your high school physics class, and that whole bit about inertia? It doesn’t matter whether the car seat is tethered, latched, whatever – it’s the HEAD and LIMBS continuing to move when the car’s forward motion is abruptly slowed that creates the force on the child’s neck. RFing car seats prevent that from happening and absorb that force, which is esp. important for infants and toddlers whose heads are so large in relation to their bodies, and necks are comparatively weak. The forces in a rear-end collision tend to be lower and are distributed differently thru the vehicle, making rear facing safe for those crashes as well.

We are RFing our 2nd child much longer – live and learn! I wish our laws would change to protect more children.

Unknown said...

An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers
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Mantox said...

good!, I recommend car seats that are rear facing as it is safe! best car seats

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