Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 20:55:50 GMT
From: th <>
Subject: Re: Baby saftey seat and airbags

Blacksmith wrote: > "gw" <> skrev i meddelandet > > >>"Keith" <> wrote in message >>news:d9s701$b6f$ >> >>>My 2001 9-3 is not fitted with a passanger front air bag but it does have >> >>a >> >>>side airbag on both sides. I am aware that the baby seat should not be >>>placed on the front seat if an airbag is active, but does that also >> >>include >> >>>side airbags? If so, is the dealer able to deactivate the passanger side >>>airbag? >>> >>>thanks, Keith >>> >>> >> >>A baby seat should not be placed in the front seat of any 4-seat car, >>airbag >>or not. If there is a rear seat, it should go there. The only exception is >>2-seat vehicles, such as pickup trucks. These will have a disable function >>for the passenger bag. >> >>Much higher survival potential in the rear. >> >> > > > No No No!! A child shall be be placed in the front passenger seat with a > special babyseat mounted. Airbag switched off. Here in Sweden we have used > this for a long time and this have saved a lot of babies. I donĄt know why > you still drive with the small kids in the back. The child fly like a stone > the whole way from the back and hits the windscreen if you hit something. > > When your child is older is another thing. > The main problem is that the age limit is considered to be different in different countries. In US the NHTSA recommends to keep the children rear faced at least up to 12 months of age. This is completely crazy!!!! All real accident statistics show that if the children are rear faced up to say 4 years the mortality drastically decreases. I have seen a diagram in a newspaper comparing infant mortality age by age in Sweden and Germany (where they start placing the children front-facing at the age of about 1 year. For the first year the figures are comparable but between the age of 1 and 4 about twice as many German children are killed as in Sweden (all relative numbers of course). I will try to post a link if I can find the diagram on the web. -- th

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