An initiative to spread the life-saving message about the huge safety benefits of promoting children to travel rear-facing for as long as possible.

The science is clear

The science concludes that small children who travel forward-facing are up to five times more likely to die or be seriously injured in a car accident, compared to children in rear-facing car seats. The biggest advantage of traveling rear-facing is the car seat supports the child’s entire back, neck and head, distributing the crash forces over a larger area and therefore significantly reducing the forces acting on the child’s neck.

Therefore, we recommend children to travel rear-faced for as long as possible, to at least four years of age, preferably even longer.

For all children’s right to travel safe – please participate.
Together, we can make a change!

Do you want to read more about rear-facing safety?
Have a look at the Axkid Safety blog here »

The European reality

While the facts are crystal clear we still see small children all over Europe traveling forward-facing at an alarmingly early age.  We need a change – and to do this change we need the support of our politicians and other lawmakers to change the behaviour.

The initiative “Back to the Future” will gather voices and support for rear-facing travel in order to reach these important interest groups. And this is why we need your support and help spreading the campaign – together we can make a difference!

Today there are no strict laws in Europe that regulate rear-facing car seats. However, there are regulations and general recommendations – to see what the various countries communicate in support of rear-facing, choose a country in the list below to read more.

And remember to participate and help us spread the campaign to anyone who needs to hear it and wants to help! Together we WILL make a change – for all children’s right to travel safe.

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HONGRIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Hungarian law does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable child seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

FÄRÖARNA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

At the Faroe Islands, it is compulsory for children up to 4 years old to travel in a car seat. There is no law about rear-faced travel.

ÖSTERRIKE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.In Austria, there are no laws regarding rear-facing. Children under the age of 14 who are shorter than 135 cm need to be secured with a suitable restraint system. Children who are taller than 135 cm must wear a seat belt.

SCHWEIZ

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Swiss law does not regulate rear-faced traveling. Moreover, children under the age of 12 must travel in child restraints.

ITALIEN

Yellow light for refacing rules.

All children under 150 cm height, regardless of weight or age must use a suitable car seat. However, there is no specific regulation about rear-facing travel.

POLEN

Yellow light for refacing rules.

There are no Polish laws regarding rear-facing travel. The law says children under 150 cm must travel in a child restraint, meeting the technical conditions of the EU child restraint law.

SPANIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

It is compulsory to transport children under 18 years old and less than 135 cm tall in an approved car seat in the back seat of the car, yet there are no laws about rear-facing car seats.

STORBRITANNIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the UK, children under 15 months must travel rear-facing. Until the age of 12 or 135 cm, children must use an appropriate car seat. The recommendation from the UK Government implies that children up to 13 kg should travel rear-facing.

ISLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Icelandic law, children shorter than 135 cm must sit in a car seat that is appropriate for their weight and height. Yet no law regulates rear-facing travel.

NEDERLÄNDERNA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the Netherlands, the law does not regulate rear-facing travel. Children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate child seat or booster seat.

FINLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Finland, the law regarding children in cars does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, if the child is shorter than 135 cm they must travel in an approved car seat or booster seat. Despite the lack of laws on this matter, the association of traffic security recommend children up to 4 years of age to travel rear-facing.

DANMARK

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Danish law does not regulate rear-facing at all. Instead, the common regulation to use a child restraint seat suitable up to the height of 135 cm is applicable.

NORGE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-facing travel in Norway, deactivation of the air-bag is the only matter regulated by Norwegian law. If a car seat is being used it must follow the seat’s instructions. Appropriate child restraints are required for children under 150 cm.

SVERIGE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Sweden, there are no laws regulating rear-facing travel for children. However, according to the law it is mandatory that protection used for children in the car should be used and mounted as intended. Although no law regulates rear-faced travel, the National Traffic Association recommends children up to the age of 4.

TYSKLAND

Yellow light for refacing rules.

According to the German law, children under the age of 12 or 150 cm must be seated in an approved child seat. As noticed, nothing is said about rear-facing.

FRANKRIKE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under the age of 10 must travel in a car seat, and children under 13kg must travel rear-facing. However, the Road Safety Delegation mentions that whether as part of the R44 or R129, rear-facing child restraints can be designed for all ages, weights and sizes. It is also safer for the child to travel this way.

BELGIEN

Yellow light for refacing rules.

The Belgian law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate car seat or booster seat.

IRLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm of height or 36 kg of weight must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

NORTH MACEDONIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In North Macedonia, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel for children, but a child restraint is required for children up to 5 years of age.

BOSNIEN OCH HERCEGOVINA

Red light for rear-facing rules.

Rear-faced travel is not regulated by law in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Children by the age of 5 or younger must sit secured in a car seat or without a car seat but with an adult seated beside them.

BELARUS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Belarus, children under the age of 12 years must travel in a suitable child restraint system. Other than that, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel.

UKRAINA

Yellow light for rear-facing laws.

In Ukraine, there are no laws regarding rear-facing travel, but there are recommendations. The Ukrainian police recommends that children who cannot sit on their own should be transported rear-facing. The law says that children shorter than 145 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

MOLDAVIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Moldavian law lacks regulations about rear-facing travel, but states that children under 12 years of age must travel in a child restraint system or booster seat.

TURKIET

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Children traveling in Turkey up to 150 cm and 36 kg must travel with a child restraint system. Apart from that, no law mentions any requirements regarding rear-facing travel.

GREKLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There is no law in Greece regulating rear-faced travel. Children less than 3 years old must travel in an approved child seat. Children between 3 and 12 years may travel in either a car seat or booster seat.

ALBANIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Albanian law does not regulate rear-faced travel. Childen under 4 years of age must have an appropriate car seat and must be seated in the rear seats.

BULGARIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Bulgaria lacks laws about rear-facing. Although, there is a law saying that children under 3 years of age must sit in a child-restraint system. Children older than 3 years and less than 150 cm must also sit in a safety system but both integral or non-integral child-retraint systems are allowed.

ESTLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Estonian law admits that if a child is not tall enough to wear a seat belt correctly, the child must travel in a car seat corresponding to the height and weight of the child. Yet, there is no law regarding rear-facing travel.

SERBIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The only matter the Serbian law says about rear-facing is that the airbag must be deactivated if a rear-facing car seat is installed on a front seat. Otherwise, children under 3 years of age must be placed in a suitable child restraint system.

RUMÄNIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-faced travel, the Romanian law says nothing. However, any child under the age of 3 must use an appropriate child restraint and under 12 years or 150 cm the child must use either a car seat or booster seat.

KROATIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Croation law does not regulate rear-facing. However, children under 5 years of age must travel in a car seat adapted to their size. Children between 5 and 12 years old must travel in the back seat using a 3-point belt with a booster seat if neccessary.

UNGERN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Hungarian law does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable child seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

TJECKIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in the Czech Republic does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable car seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

LITAUEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Lithuanian law, rear-faced traveling is not regulated. With all children under 3 years of age must sit in an approved car seat approved for their age and size. Children older than 3 years of age can wear safety belts intended for adults.

LETTLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm in height must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

PORTUGAL

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Portuguese law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years old and less than 135 cm height must use an approved car seat.

MALTA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in Malta states that children under 12 years old or 150 cm height should be restrained using a child restraint system suitable for the weight of the child. Apart from that, there is no law regarding requirements of rear-facing travel.

MALTA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in Malta states that children under 12 years old or 150 cm height should be restrained using a child restraint system suitable for the weight of the child. Apart from that, there is no law regarding requirements of rear-facing travel.

ICELAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Icelandic law, children shorter than 135 cm must sit in a car seat that is appropriate for their weight and height. Yet no law regulates rear-facing travel.

SWITZERLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Swiss law does not regulate rear-faced traveling. Moreover, children under the age of 12 must travel in child restraints.

ITALY

Yellow light for refacing rules.

All children under 150 cm height, regardless of weight or age must use a suitable car seat. However, there is no specific regulation about rear-facing travel.

POLAND

Yellow light for refacing rules.

There are no Polish laws regarding rear-facing travel. The law says children under 150 cm must travel in a child restraint, meeting the technical conditions of the EU child restraint law.

SPAIN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

It is compulsory to transport children under 18 years old and less than 135 cm tall in an approved car seat in the back seat of the car, yet there are no laws about rear-facing car seats.

GREAT BRITAIN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the UK, children under 15 months must travel rear-facing. Until the age of 12 or 135 cm, children must use an appropriate car seat. The recommendation from the UK Government implies that children up to 13 kg should travel rear-facing.

FAROE ISLANDS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

At the Faroe Islands, it is compulsory for children up to 4 years old to travel in a car seat. There is no law about rear-faced travel.

FINLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Finland, the law regarding children in cars does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, if the child is shorter than 135 cm they must travel in an approved car seat or booster seat. Despite the lack of laws on this matter, the association of traffic security recommend children up to 4 years of age to travel rear-facing.

BELGIUM

Yellow light for refacing rules.

The Belgian law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate car seat or booster seat.

DENMARK

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Danish law does not regulate rear-facing at all. Instead, the common regulation to use a child restraint seat suitable up to the height of 135 cm is applicable.

NORWAY

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-facing travel in Norway, deactivation of the air-bag is the only matter regulated by Norwegian law. If a car seat is being used it must follow the seat’s instructions. Appropriate child restraints are required for children under 150 cm.

SWEDEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Sweden, there are no laws regulating rear-facing travel for children. However, according to the law it is mandatory that protection used for children in the car should be used and mounted as intended. Although no law regulates rear-faced travel, the National Traffic Association recommends children up to the age of 4.

ROMANIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-faced travel, the Romanian law says nothing. However, any child under the age of 3 must use an appropriate child restraint and under 12 years or 150 cm the child must use either a car seat or booster seat.

GERMANY

Yellow light for refacing rules.

According to the German law, children under the age of 12 or 150 cm must be seated in an approved child seat. As noticed, nothing is said about rear-facing.

FRANCE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under the age of 10 must travel in a car seat, and children under 13kg must travel rear-facing. However, the Road Safety Delegation mentions that whether as part of the R44 or R129, rear-facing child restraints can be designed for all ages, weights and sizes. It is also safer for the child to travel this way.

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AUSTRIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.In Austria, there are no laws regarding rear-facing. Children under the age of 14 who are shorter than 135 cm need to be secured with a suitable restraint system. Children who are taller than 135 cm must wear a seat belt.

NETHERLANDS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the Netherlands, the law does not regulate rear-facing travel. Children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate child seat or booster seat.

RUSSIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There are no Russian laws regarding rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years or 150 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Red light for rear-facing rules.

Rear-faced travel is not regulated by law in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Children by the age of 5 or younger must sit secured in a car seat or without a car seat but with an adult seated beside them.

BELARUS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Belarus, children under the age of 12 years must travel in a suitable child restraint system. Other than that, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel.

UKRAINE

Yellow light for rear-facing laws.

In Ukraine, there are no laws regarding rear-facing travel, but there are recommendations. The Ukrainian police recommends that children who cannot sit on their own should be transported rear-facing. The law says that children shorter than 145 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

MOLDOVA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Moldavian law lacks regulations about rear-facing travel, but states that children under 12 years of age must travel in a child restraint system or booster seat.

TURKEY

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Children traveling in Turkey up to 150 cm and 36 kg must travel with a child restraint system. Apart from that, no law mentions any requirements regarding rear-facing travel.

GREECE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There is no law in Greece regulating rear-faced travel. Children less than 3 years old must travel in an approved child seat. Children between 3 and 12 years may travel in either a car seat or booster seat.

ALBANIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Albanian law does not regulate rear-faced travel. Childen under 4 years of age must have an appropriate car seat and must be seated in the rear seats.

BULGARIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Bulgaria lacks laws about rear-facing. Although, there is a law saying that children under 3 years of age must sit in a child-restraint system. Children older than 3 years and less than 150 cm must also sit in a safety system but both integral or non-integral child-retraint systems are allowed.

IRELAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm of height or 36 kg of weight must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

SERBIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The only matter the Serbian law says about rear-facing is that the airbag must be deactivated if a rear-facing car seat is installed on a front seat. Otherwise, children under 3 years of age must be placed in a suitable child restraint system.

CROATIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Croation law does not regulate rear-facing. However, children under 5 years of age must travel in a car seat adapted to their size. Children between 5 and 12 years old must travel in the back seat using a 3-point belt with a booster seat if neccessary.

HUNGARY

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Hungarian law does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable child seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in the Czech Republic does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable car seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

LITHUANIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Lithuanian law, rear-faced traveling is not regulated. With all children under 3 years of age must sit in an approved car seat approved for their age and size. Children older than 3 years of age can wear safety belts intended for adults.

LATVIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm in height must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

ESTONIA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Estonian law admits that if a child is not tall enough to wear a seat belt correctly, the child must travel in a car seat corresponding to the height and weight of the child. Yet, there is no law regarding rear-facing travel.

RYSSLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There are no Russian laws regarding rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years or 150 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

NORDMAKEDONIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In North Macedonia, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel for children, but a child restraint is required for children up to 5 years of age.

CROATIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Croation law does not regulate rear-facing. However, children under 5 years of age must travel in a car seat adapted to their size. Children between 5 and 12 years old must travel in the back seat using a 3-point belt with a booster seat if neccessary.

SUISSE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Swiss law does not regulate rear-faced traveling. Moreover, children under the age of 12 must travel in child restraints.

PAYS-BAS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the Netherlands, the law does not regulate rear-facing travel. Children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate child seat or booster seat.

PORTUGAL

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Portuguese law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years old and less than 135 cm height must use an approved car seat.

BELGIQUE

Yellow light for refacing rules.

The Belgian law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate car seat or booster seat.

NORD MAZEDONIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In North Macedonia, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel for children, but a child restraint is required for children up to 5 years of age.

L'AUTRICHE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.In Austria, there are no laws regarding rear-facing. Children under the age of 14 who are shorter than 135 cm need to be secured with a suitable restraint system. Children who are taller than 135 cm must wear a seat belt.

MALTA

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in Malta states that children under 12 years old or 150 cm height should be restrained using a child restraint system suitable for the weight of the child. Apart from that, there is no law regarding requirements of rear-facing travel.

RUSSLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There are no Russian laws regarding rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years or 150 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

MACÉDOINE DU NORD

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In North Macedonia, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel for children, but a child restraint is required for children up to 5 years of age.

BELARUS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Belarus, children under the age of 12 years must travel in a suitable child restraint system. Other than that, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel.

ITALIE

Yellow light for refacing rules.

All children under 150 cm height, regardless of weight or age must use a suitable car seat. However, there is no specific regulation about rear-facing travel.

UKRAINE

Yellow light for rear-facing laws.

In Ukraine, there are no laws regarding rear-facing travel, but there are recommendations. The Ukrainian police recommends that children who cannot sit on their own should be transported rear-facing. The law says that children shorter than 145 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

POLOGNE

Yellow light for refacing rules.

There are no Polish laws regarding rear-facing travel. The law says children under 150 cm must travel in a child restraint, meeting the technical conditions of the EU child restraint law.

MOLDAWIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Moldavian law lacks regulations about rear-facing travel, but states that children under 12 years of age must travel in a child restraint system or booster seat.

TRUTHAHN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Children traveling in Turkey up to 150 cm and 36 kg must travel with a child restraint system. Apart from that, no law mentions any requirements regarding rear-facing travel.

LE PORTUGAL

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Portuguese law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years old and less than 135 cm height must use an approved car seat.

IRLANDE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm of height or 36 kg of weight must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

GRIECHENLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There is no law in Greece regulating rear-faced travel. Children less than 3 years old must travel in an approved child seat. Children between 3 and 12 years may travel in either a car seat or booster seat.

TURQUIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Children traveling in Turkey up to 150 cm and 36 kg must travel with a child restraint system. Apart from that, no law mentions any requirements regarding rear-facing travel.

ROUMANIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-faced travel, the Romanian law says nothing. However, any child under the age of 3 must use an appropriate child restraint and under 12 years or 150 cm the child must use either a car seat or booster seat.

SERBIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The only matter the Serbian law says about rear-facing is that the airbag must be deactivated if a rear-facing car seat is installed on a front seat. Otherwise, children under 3 years of age must be placed in a suitable child restraint system.

BULGARIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Bulgaria lacks laws about rear-facing. Although, there is a law saying that children under 3 years of age must sit in a child-restraint system. Children older than 3 years and less than 150 cm must also sit in a safety system but both integral or non-integral child-retraint systems are allowed.

BOSNIE HERZÉGOVINE

Red light for rear-facing rules.

Rear-faced travel is not regulated by law in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Children by the age of 5 or younger must sit secured in a car seat or without a car seat but with an adult seated beside them.

ALBANIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Albanian law does not regulate rear-faced travel. Childen under 4 years of age must have an appropriate car seat and must be seated in the rear seats.

GRÈCE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There is no law in Greece regulating rear-faced travel. Children less than 3 years old must travel in an approved child seat. Children between 3 and 12 years may travel in either a car seat or booster seat.

MOLDOVIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Moldavian law lacks regulations about rear-facing travel, but states that children under 12 years of age must travel in a child restraint system or booster seat.

ESTONIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Estonian law admits that if a child is not tall enough to wear a seat belt correctly, the child must travel in a car seat corresponding to the height and weight of the child. Yet, there is no law regarding rear-facing travel.

RÉPUBLIQUE TCHÈQUE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in the Czech Republic does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable car seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

UKRAINE

Yellow light for rear-facing laws.

In Ukraine, there are no laws regarding rear-facing travel, but there are recommendations. The Ukrainian police recommends that children who cannot sit on their own should be transported rear-facing. The law says that children shorter than 145 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

LITHUANIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Lithuanian law, rear-faced traveling is not regulated. With all children under 3 years of age must sit in an approved car seat approved for their age and size. Children older than 3 years of age can wear safety belts intended for adults.

BÉLARUS

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Belarus, children under the age of 12 years must travel in a suitable child restraint system. Other than that, the law lacks regulations regarding rear-faced travel.

LETTONIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm in height must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

RUSSIE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

There are no Russian laws regarding rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years or 150 cm must travel in a child restraint system.

MALTE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in Malta states that children under 12 years old or 150 cm height should be restrained using a child restraint system suitable for the weight of the child. Apart from that, there is no law regarding requirements of rear-facing travel.

ESPAGNE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

It is compulsory to transport children under 18 years old and less than 135 cm tall in an approved car seat in the back seat of the car, yet there are no laws about rear-facing car seats.

FRANCE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under the age of 10 must travel in a car seat, and children under 13kg must travel rear-facing. However, the Road Safety Delegation mentions that whether as part of the R44 or R129, rear-facing child restraints can be designed for all ages, weights and sizes. It is also safer for the child to travel this way.

PORTUGAL

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Portuguese law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under 12 years old and less than 135 cm height must use an approved car seat.

DEUTSCHLAND

Yellow light for refacing rules.

According to the German law, children under the age of 12 or 150 cm must be seated in an approved child seat. As noticed, nothing is said about rear-facing.

ÖSTERREICH

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.In Austria, there are no laws regarding rear-facing. Children under the age of 14 who are shorter than 135 cm need to be secured with a suitable restraint system. Children who are taller than 135 cm must wear a seat belt.

SCHWEIZ

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Swiss law does not regulate rear-faced traveling. Moreover, children under the age of 12 must travel in child restraints.

ITALIEN

Yellow light for refacing rules.

All children under 150 cm height, regardless of weight or age must use a suitable car seat. However, there is no specific regulation about rear-facing travel.

POLEN

Yellow light for refacing rules.

There are no Polish laws regarding rear-facing travel. The law says children under 150 cm must travel in a child restraint, meeting the technical conditions of the EU child restraint law.

SPANIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

It is compulsory to transport children under 18 years old and less than 135 cm tall in an approved car seat in the back seat of the car, yet there are no laws about rear-facing car seats.

FRANKREICH

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under the age of 10 must travel in a car seat, and children under 13kg must travel rear-facing. However, the Road Safety Delegation mentions that whether as part of the R44 or R129, rear-facing child restraints can be designed for all ages, weights and sizes. It is also safer for the child to travel this way.

GROSSBRITANNIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the UK, children under 15 months must travel rear-facing. Until the age of 12 or 135 cm, children must use an appropriate car seat. The recommendation from the UK Government implies that children up to 13 kg should travel rear-facing.

SUÈDE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Sweden, there are no laws regulating rear-facing travel for children. However, according to the law it is mandatory that protection used for children in the car should be used and mounted as intended. Although no law regulates rear-faced travel, the National Traffic Association recommends children up to the age of 4.

FÄRÖER INSELN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

At the Faroe Islands, it is compulsory for children up to 4 years old to travel in a car seat. There is no law about rear-faced travel.

ISLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Icelandic law, children shorter than 135 cm must sit in a car seat that is appropriate for their weight and height. Yet no law regulates rear-facing travel.

IRLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm of height or 36 kg of weight must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

FINNLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Finland, the law regarding children in cars does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, if the child is shorter than 135 cm they must travel in an approved car seat or booster seat. Despite the lack of laws on this matter, the association of traffic security recommend children up to 4 years of age to travel rear-facing.

DÄNEMARK

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Danish law does not regulate rear-facing at all. Instead, the common regulation to use a child restraint seat suitable up to the height of 135 cm is applicable.

NORWEGEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-facing travel in Norway, deactivation of the air-bag is the only matter regulated by Norwegian law. If a car seat is being used it must follow the seat’s instructions. Appropriate child restraints are required for children under 150 cm.

SCHWEDEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Sweden, there are no laws regulating rear-facing travel for children. However, according to the law it is mandatory that protection used for children in the car should be used and mounted as intended. Although no law regulates rear-faced travel, the National Traffic Association recommends children up to the age of 4.

BELGIEN

Yellow light for refacing rules.

The Belgian law does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate car seat or booster seat.

NIEDERLANDE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the Netherlands, the law does not regulate rear-facing travel. Children under the height of 135 cm must be transported in an appropriate child seat or booster seat.

ALBANIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Albanian law does not regulate rear-faced travel. Childen under 4 years of age must have an appropriate car seat and must be seated in the rear seats.

ÎLES FÉROÉ

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

At the Faroe Islands, it is compulsory for children up to 4 years old to travel in a car seat. There is no law about rear-faced travel.

ALLEMAGNE

Yellow light for refacing rules.

According to the German law, children under the age of 12 or 150 cm must be seated in an approved child seat. As noticed, nothing is said about rear-facing.

BOSNIEN UND HERZEGOWINA

Red light for rear-facing rules.

Rear-faced travel is not regulated by law in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Children by the age of 5 or younger must sit secured in a car seat or without a car seat but with an adult seated beside them.

BULGARIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Bulgaria lacks laws about rear-facing. Although, there is a law saying that children under 3 years of age must sit in a child-restraint system. Children older than 3 years and less than 150 cm must also sit in a safety system but both integral or non-integral child-retraint systems are allowed.

ROYAUME-UNI

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In the UK, children under 15 months must travel rear-facing. Until the age of 12 or 135 cm, children must use an appropriate car seat. The recommendation from the UK Government implies that children up to 13 kg should travel rear-facing.

SERBIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The only matter the Serbian law says about rear-facing is that the airbag must be deactivated if a rear-facing car seat is installed on a front seat. Otherwise, children under 3 years of age must be placed in a suitable child restraint system.

RUMÄNIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-faced travel, the Romanian law says nothing. However, any child under the age of 3 must use an appropriate child restraint and under 12 years or 150 cm the child must use either a car seat or booster seat.

KROATIEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Croation law does not regulate rear-facing. However, children under 5 years of age must travel in a car seat adapted to their size. Children between 5 and 12 years old must travel in the back seat using a 3-point belt with a booster seat if neccessary.

ESTLAND

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Estonian law admits that if a child is not tall enough to wear a seat belt correctly, the child must travel in a car seat corresponding to the height and weight of the child. Yet, there is no law regarding rear-facing travel.

UNGARN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Hungarian law does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable child seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

ISLANDE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

According to the Icelandic law, children shorter than 135 cm must sit in a car seat that is appropriate for their weight and height. Yet no law regulates rear-facing travel.

FINLANDE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

In Finland, the law regarding children in cars does not regulate rear-facing travel. However, if the child is shorter than 135 cm they must travel in an approved car seat or booster seat. Despite the lack of laws on this matter, the association of traffic security recommend children up to 4 years of age to travel rear-facing.

TSCHECHISCHE REPUBLIK

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The law in the Czech Republic does not regulate rear-faced travel, but a suitable car seat must be used for children up to 150 cm or 36 kg.

DANEMARK

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

The Danish law does not regulate rear-facing at all. Instead, the common regulation to use a child restraint seat suitable up to the height of 135 cm is applicable.

LITAUEN

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

All children under 150 cm in height must use an approved child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight. However, no laws regulate rear-facing travel.

NORVÈGE

Yellow light for rear-facing rules.

Regarding rear-facing travel in Norway, deactivation of the air-bag is the only matter regulated by Norwegian law. If a car seat is being used it must follow the seat’s instructions. Appropriate child restraints are required for children under 150 cm.