young children are supposed to be in car seats placed in the back seat of a car
children under 12 yrs are not to sit in the front seat if there are passenger-side air bags.
If the car does not have air bags, then is a child under 12 years (but older than preschool) permitted to sit in the front passenger seat?
just wondering about the 12 year age thing. Wouldn't a height be better then years?
My daughter was taller then me at 10 years old, at 5'2. If it is unsafe for her, why isn't it for me? And what about the girls at 12 and 13 at her school who are still not even 5' yet, is it safe for them now because they are a year or two older.
Don't get me wrong. I am a Peds ER RN at a level 1 trauma center. I totally believe in restraints and MVA safety. I however, don't understand the jest of the guidlines, they really don't make much sense to me.
Last edit by Kidrn911 on Sep 17, '07
Quote from dawngloves
Each airbag will deploy with a different force. It is impossible to predict how much and other circumstances, so rather than generalize height and weight, the TSA gives an age.
All front seat passengers and drivers should have their seat back as far as possible and wear their seat belt.
But botton line, children are safest in the back no matter what age.
Is that the same with the driver too? Sorry, but it doesn't make sense. Height and weight would be a better judge then age.
Another example, Carseats you have it reversed for children under 20lbs, well same daughter was 18 months before she was 20lbs, couldn't reverse it by the safety guidlines. I have seen 4 month old 20lb babies. You can't tell me the 4 month old was safer then the 18 month old having the car seat reversed.
Last edit by Kidrn911 on Sep 23, '07