The Spanish regulations were recently updated to comply with the european directive (Directive 2014/37/EU of the Commission, of 27 of February of 2014, which amends Directive 91/671/EEC of the European Council) in the matter of child safety on board.
Up to 15 months of age it is mandatory that children ride in child seats approved for operation in the opposite direction to the march, as it is the most secure setting for them. No need to change the group if the baby weighs more than 9 pounds, in fact, there are voices that advocate for extending this form of travel.
Before continuing, we need to understand a bit of biomechanics. Children of very young age are the very large head in relation to your body, and your locomotor apparatus (bones and muscles) are still in development. The body is not able to withstand a strong deceleration, and hold the head.
In the small chairs in the opposite direction to the march, when a collision occurs strong, the head moves to a very limited extent, and the force of the impact is spread over a larger surface area. The risk of serious injury or death is reduced by a huge amount in the opposite direction to the motion.
Before 2013 was totally legal to change to a seat in direction of travel when the baby weighed more than 9 pounds. The non-use of a SRI represents a serious infringement, that is to say, 200 euros penalty and three points less for the adult responsible; it is like to go without the seat belt fastened. To know what type of seat is appropriate for each child you refer to the Website of the RACE, you need to use different models in function of their growth.
In some european countries it is mandatory -not voluntary – to take the kids in the opposite direction to the march until they are four years old. In the scandinavian countries this measure is especially effective. Is more, a mother has launched a campaign to demand the compulsory in Spain up to four years.
let’s Know his story. Gabriel was a boy who survived an accident when he was 28 months. Her parents were seated in a child restraint system approved for their size and weight, in the sense of the march, as shown in the DGT and with the recommendation of various clubs of motorists.
Unfortunately, the impact -caused by another vehicle – he was very strong for his delicate body, and suffered a serious injury that almost takes his young life in the act. His mother managed to revive him and struggled for a further seven months. In the case of that I would have had more time, I would have had a high level of dependence, when he damaged his spinal cord.
Their parents are convinced that, having left Gabriel in a chair in the opposite direction to the march, as would have happened in Norway, I would be now safe and sound. The request online has at this time almost 17,000 signatures, and is addressed to the Government in functions and the DGT. The regulatory change would save more lives and reduce serious injuries in children.
In the united States it is mandatory to take the kids in the opposite direction to the motion up to the first 24 months of life. However, experts recommend that parents use the chair in the opposite direction to the motion until its height is prevented. Recall that the space for the feet is very limited in that configuration. The limit is in the comfort of the child.
anyway, regardless of the setting chosen, the most secure systems are those based on ISOFIX, that attach the car seat directly to the chassis. In the seats conventional safety belt is responsible for maintaining the set subject, but it is a system less effective. Obviously, both the seat and the vehicle have to be compatible with ISOFIX.
From Engine.it is our recommendation is the same that comes from the united States and some european countries, up to four years or 25 kilos, if you have the space for the feet. In principle, amounts to no more risk of dizziness, since the child is already accustomed to since you were a baby to go in the opposite direction to the march.