What about air bags and kids?

Airbags have been designed to help protect adults in front-end collisions, but not children. So it is very important that all children ages 12 and under or less than 5 feet tall be properly restrained in the back seat. If it is absolutely necessary for a child to ride in the front seat of a car with a passenger-side air bag:

  • Secure the child in a restraint system that is correct for the size of the child: a front-facing car seat, a booster seat, or a lap / shoulder belt.
  • Move the front seat as far back away from the dashboard as possible.
  • Never allow a child to lean forward toward the dashboard.
  • Never put a rear-facing infant in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with an active passenger-side airbag.

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