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car seat question

Okay i read on hear once, a mother said that on car seats is says absolutly no car seat in the front seat of a vehicle and especially not in front of an airbag. But what are peoples theories of single cab turcks. I mean they have the option to turn the airbag off. Are you still going to sit there and criticize a parent for not being able to afford a vehicle with a back seat. The single cab vehicles are equiped to turn the airbags off as well as someof them have a special kind of seat belt for car seats. I've ssen that on some newer models. So what are your opinions on that. What is the difference in putting the child in the front cab with the airbag off then a parent putting the child in the back seat right beside the door instead of in the middle. Either way if your car is hit in the side, the child will likely be effected.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:51 PM on Feb. 5, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • :) there are exceptions to the rule of course :) yes carseats are allowed in trucks, you just turn off the passenger air bag :)

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:53 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • its always safter to have your child in the back seat till they are 12 years old but obviously if you have no choice and your child must ride in the front that is a different situation. But to have the choice and your still putting your kid in the front then i think you are making a bad choice. If you dont have the choice because your family owns a truck then atleast your child is in a carseat.
    Mommy2B04

    Answer by Mommy2B04 at 1:55 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • i just thought it was dont put them in the front if there is an airbag on..
    MomNbabyGirl009

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 1:56 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Cars that have airbags that DO NOT turn off either automatically due to weight of the front passenger or do not turn off with a button should not have a carseat in the front. All newer model trucks, cars, usually have a sensor. If the sensor turns the airbag off or you can flip it off then it is fine. They only say that due to the airbag.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_020409WAB-car-seat-death-KC.1df5adaf.html
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • there is a women who is facing charges in the death of her daughter because she had her daughters carseat in the front seat and was in a accident the baby died. shes now facing charges because she had her in the front seat and not the back where its safest. Airbags or no airbags the back seat is always safer if its not a option then its not a option thats different.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Agreed. If you are doing everything else right (like RFing to the maximum limit and having those straps tight and the CHEST clip where it needs to be) then that's all you can do.

    If you have the option of a backseat and choose the front ... you are wrong.

    The reason for having kids in the back and center is that it's furthest away from all impact points.
    Arkaidy

    Answer by Arkaidy at 2:08 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • If there is no airbag the baby CAN ride upfront. I have a backseat but because it is a 2 door car the backseat is really small and my sons car seat does not fit, so he rides in the passenger seat. And yes I got the ok from a certified tech and I take the tech class in about 1month. Other people put their babies upfront if they have severe medical issues(like seizures, sleep apnea, etc) because the baby has to be monitored at all times. As long as there was no airbag or the airbag was off, the baby CAN be upfront. The baby is safer in the backseat but upfront w/out an air bag is ok if you HAVE to do it.

    The reason the beck center is safest is because in the position you cannot take a direct hit. However a great install on the back side seat trumps a crappy install in the back middle seat.
    babyboomboom

    Answer by babyboomboom at 2:18 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Also the least protected child should go in the back middle, for example if you have a child RF in a convertable, a child FF in a convertable and a child in a booster the child in the booster should be in the back center(if you have a lap/shoulder belt) if you have just a lap belt the FF child should go in the center. The least protected child should be in the most protected position.
    babyboomboom

    Answer by babyboomboom at 2:20 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • If you can't afford a safe car, don't have children.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:24 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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