A photo showing bruising from a seat belt injury has been shared by a popular blogger as a warning about car safety for children.
Therese, known as ERFMama, posted the image in an effort to encourage parents to use rear facing car seats for their children.
“This is what can happen to you with a seat belt – [to an] an adult,” she said.
The UK based blogger, who writes about car safety, said many parents allow their children to use an adult seat belt “before they are old enough”.
“Maybe it will make you think twice before you decide to jump to the high back booster or just a seat belt on your child – as a rear facing car seat would never do this to the child.
“So wait as long as possible before you take that last step – the high back booster. The children are far safer rear facing for as long as possible.”
In Australia, National child restraints laws state that babies under six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint.
Children over six months old but under four years old must also be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
But before you throw your forward facing seat out, Kidsafe say there is no evidence to suggest rearward facing seats are safer.