Air Bag Safety And Children

Air bags are designed to open on impact and to protect the driver and passengers in the case of a crash. Although new cars come standard with airbags because of their proven ability to save lives, their have been some concerns about their safety and effectiveness when it comes to children

Airbags are designed to protect large adults from the force and impact of a crash. As such they open with a large amount force, enough to seriously injure and possibly even kill a small child. In reaction to this discover the National Traffic Safety Administration has worked with car manufactures to set laws and guidelines that are designed to help reduce the number of injuries caused by airbags to children.

One of the biggest adaptations that auto manufactures have made to keep young children from being injured and killed by airbags is to put an on/off switch on airbags. If your car’s airbag has on/off switch it is highly recommend that you turn the airbag off anytime anyone under the age of 13 is sitting in the from seat. It may also be a good idea to turn off the airbag if a small adult is sitting in the front passenger seat.

Another precaution to take is to make sure that the person sitting in the seat with the airbag is sitting upright, in a comfortable position with their feet flat on the floor. It is especially important to make sure to teach your children to do this because when deployed the airbag could hit your child at the wrong angle and cause serious injuries. In rare cases, sitting with their feet on the dashboard where the airbag is located could cause them to deploy without there being an accident.

The best thing to do is to have your child sit in the back seat. Most states now have laws about how old a child must be in order to sit in the front seat. This is because of the damage airbags can have on growing bodies. It is important to follow these laws. Even if your child is old enough by law to sit in the front seat, in may be in their best interest to sit in the back anyway. Many children are smaller than their peers and could still be hurt by an airbag being deployed.

While airbags are important safety features that have saved many lives, they are designed to protect adult male bodies from the impact of a collision. This is why it is important to follow all laws and guidelines when children are riding in the car.

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