Volvo Makes Rear-Facing Seats Accessible for Older Children

When is it safe to flip your child's car seat from the rear-facing position to forward-facing?

The NHTSA recommends waiting as long as possible to switch to a front-facing seat. "Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer," says the agency's official website.

Unfortunately for Bay Area parents, that age is typically three years old. Most rear-facing car seats are simply not designed to accommodate children beyond their toddler years -- and that's a problem.

Studies have shown children's spinal columns do not finish developing until eight years of age. Exacerbating the issue, the last vertebrae to fully close are the top three cervical vertebrae, the atlas, axis, and C3. Injuries to this area are the most severe out of any type of spinal cord trauma, which makes protecting a child's neck and back in a traffic accident an imperative priority.

That's why, at Smothers European Volvo, we're proud to learn that Volvo Cars is teaming up with the preeminent child-seat maker Britax-Römer to create a rear-facing child seat for children up to six years old.

The next-generation design is slimmer, allowing for more legroom, and upholstered with a premium-quality 80-percent wool textile for maximum comfort and breathability. Your child will love it, and you'll love knowing that your family is safe and sound.

Of course, what is a car seat without a safer car to put it in? Visit our showroom to explore a wide range of new Volvo sedans, wagons, and SUVs in Santa Rosa.

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