Rear-Facing Down Under was founded to raise awareness in Australia of the important safety benefits of keeping babies and toddlers rear-facing in the car for as long as possible.
The Australian Road Laws tell parents that they must keep their babies rear-facing until 6 months of age. This is the bare minimum guideline put in place by the government to keep newborns and infants safe in cars.
Many parents are familiar with these laws. However, what many parents are unaware of is that rear-facing is FIVE times safer than forward-facing for kids under the age of 4, not just newborns and infants.
Young children have heavy heads that are large in proportion to their bodies. Rear-facing is a gentler way for them to ride down a crash because it keeps their head, neck and spine fully aligned.
When sitting in a forward-facing position in a crash, the child's heavy head is thrown forward, putting all the force of the crash onto their vulnerable spine, which is still delicate and under-developed, as the child is still growing.
Safety experts and medical experts in America/Canada/New Zealand recommend rear-facing until 2 years of age. In Sweden/Scandinavia, safety and medical experts recommend rear-facing until 4 years of age.
Larger rear-facing car-seats are available overseas to accommodate older rear-facing children. However, in Australia, these seats are currently unavailable despite the fact that rear-facing for longer is proven to be five times safer for young children.
At Rear-Facing Down Under we aim to spread the rear-facing message to every parent in Australia. We are campaigning to the Australian car-seat manufacturers, the Australian Government and the Australian Child-Restraint Standards Committee to make extended rear-facing car-seats available in Australia.
We believe that Australian children deserve the same level of protection as their overseas cousins, and that Australian parents should be able to purchase extended rear-facing car-seats for their children.
You can help in our mission. Please share our Video, Petitions, Facebook page and Website with friends and family to help spread the word around Australia about the safety benefits of rear-facing. You can also write to the car-seat companies, and the government to help make extended rear-facing car-seats available in Australia.
Thank you all for your support. Together we can all make a difference for the children of Australia.