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Carseat in the front?
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We don't have airbags so is it OK?
Hi, my husband has been putting our six year old in the front
seat in his booster. Sometimes I'd like to put the baby in
front in her infant seat so I can see her. We don't have
airbags so is this unsafe...or only marginally less safe than
being in back?
While it's not illegal to have a child in the front seat, it's
not recommended--even for cars without airbags in front. In an
accident, there are too many things that can go wrong for a
child in the front seat. You might consider buying an infant
mirror that lets you see a child in a rear-facing car seat.
The California Highway Patrol has good information on what the
law says about car seats and what is recommended. The CHP's car
seat info is on the Web at
I cringe every time I see a baby or really young child in the
front passenger seat of a car. There is a reason that seat is
commonly known as the ''death seat''. In an accident the person in
the front passenger seat is more likely to sustain the worst
injuries. Please put your children in the backseat!
Having rotated through an emergency room in medical school and in
my residency, I can tell you that, air-bag or not, the seat that
seems to suffer the most casualties is the front passenger seat.
Leave the kids in the backseat, say I, and, as an aside, I would
not allow a child under 3 to eat in the backseat because of
Carseat in a two-seater?
My husband commutes between east bay to South San Francisco
every day, so does our 20 months old baby. So far they are
carpooling with other people. My husband is kind of getting
tired of carpooling, so he is thinking about getting a 2 seater
so that they can still take advantage of carpool lane. The idea
always makes me cringe as it will inevitably require putting the
baby carseat on the ''front'' (and only) seat. However, my
husband suggests getting a pickup truck so that it will both
have a big front part and also overall mass (so it will be
relative safe without airbag). Somehow I just don't feel it is
right, but I also can't convince him to put off the idea. Anyone
has looked into this issue? I'd appreciate any advice and
Please do not consider putting a child seat -- or god forbid a
rear-facing infant seat -- in the front of any vehicle with an
airbag. Airbags can save lives when people are seated and
belted properly. But they are not designed for children, and
really can kill kids. That is why such strong warnings are in
the cars. Even a front-facing child seat can put the child too
close to the module when it explodes, which is very dangerous.
So please heed the warnings. Kids under 12 should be in the
back seat in all airbag equipped cars. No exceptions.
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