Health Tip: Prevent Air Bag Injuries in Children

By on April 13, 2010

Air bags were designed with adults in mind, the Nemours Foundation says.

While an airbag has the potential to save a child’s life in the event of an accident, the force and speed with which it deploys can be deadly to a youngster.

Here are the foundation’s suggestions for preventing airbag injuries in children:

  • Children should always ride in the back seat until they are at least 12. Kids also should always wear seat belts.
  • Never put an infant car seat in the front seat of a car.
  • If you have to put a child in the front seat, push the seat as far back as it will go, and if possible, disable the passenger-side air bag.

Source: HealthDay

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