Air bags have saved thousands of lives from frontal crashes since its inception in the 80s.
Air bags located by the steering wheel are made to protect the drivers, while the one in the dashboard are to protect the passenger. However, these air bags are only located in front. They are not made to protect passengers in side and rear impact cases.
Air bags cannot protect our kids in an event of a collision as well. These are designed to cater to average-sized adults, not the fragile bodies of kids. Likewise, they can even pose greater risks. In a study by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), “children exposed to air bags during a crash are twice as likely to suffer a serious injury.”
Check out this comprehensive video on Air Bag Safety for Infants, Toddlers, and Children by the CHOP.
Children below 13 years old should never sit shotgun. They are safer at the back. However, if it is absolutely necessary to have your kid seated in front, remember to:
- Move the front seat as far away from the dashboard as possible
- Make sure that your kid sits upright and is wearing his or her seat belt at all times
Other than that, make sure that your kids are wearing the appropriate car seats and booster seats before you drive away!