The ABCs of Air Bag Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an airbag propels out of a dashboard at 200 miles per hour – faster than the blink of an eye. Though they are designed to absorb the impact of a crash for adult motor vehicle passengers and drivers, children can suffer major injuries from an air bag.
To keep children injury-free while riding in your car, consider these safety recommendations:
- Place small infants in rear-facing child safety seats in the backseat. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies properly buckled in a rear-facing car seat in the back of a vehicle are just as safe as if they were placed in a crib to sleep.
- Place toddlers over 1 year old and at least 20 pounds in forward-facing convertible safety seats in the backseat of the vehicle. Since these seats would situate the child several inches closer to the dashboard, they pose a risk for air bag injuries if they are placed in the front seat. Therefore, they must be placed in the backseat only.
- Place children who have outgrown convertible safety seats but do not fit correctly with a lap/shoulder seat belt in a car booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Children under age 12 should ride in the backseat of the vehicle with a seat belt securely fastened.
If you must ABSOLUTELY seat children under age 12 in the front seat, conduct the following safety precautions to reduce their risk of injury:
- Restrain children in a safety seat appropriate for their age.
- Push the seat all the way back to provide as much distance between the dashboard and the seat as possible.
- Require that children sit with their backs firmly pressed against the seat. Do not allow them to wiggle or lean forward.
- Tighten the seat belt as much as possible to reduce their movement in the event of a crash.
Words of advice for adult passengers: Do not solely rely on air bags to protect you in a crash. Use both your shoulder and lap belt to buckle up as well. The lap belt should fit under your abdomen and across your hips. The shoulder strap should come over your collarbone and cross over your breastbone.
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