- Airbag puts children in the front passenger seat at risk
- 1. Deactivate the airbag when the child is facing forward
- 2. Pay attention to the distance between the child and the airbag
- The child seat with integrated airbag can do that
- Reading user guides can save lives
Airbag puts children in the front passenger seat at risk
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The test setup of the ADAC: A child seat with a dummy was strapped into the passenger seat. Having crashes at different speeds could determine the risk of injury…be mmt..
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Well suited for small children: the passenger airbag is deactivated, the baby sits facing backwards in the child seat.
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Dangerous: If the airbag is not switched off, it can seriously injure the baby.
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But if it sits too close to the dashboard, it will be hit by the deploying airbag. This can lead to broken bones, abrasions and burns. More serious injuries… threaten if the child’s legs are in the airbag deployment area.
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Otherwise it will be hit by the deploying airbag and break bones, abrasions and burns. The greatest danger looms when the child’s legs are too …are in the airbag area.
Do you prefer to move the baby seat backwards or forwards? The ADAC has used crash tests to simulate the consequences of a car accident. The result: In principle, the child is safe in the front passenger seat. However, only under two vital conditions.
D.he safety of children in the car is always a topic of discussion. On the one hand, it is important to only use seating furniture that is technically flawless and guarantees genuine protection. But in the event of an accident, the child is safer in the rear than in the front passenger seat?
Crash tests by the ADAC have now shown that children can also ride safely in the front passenger seat if two important requirements are met.
1. Deactivate the airbag when the child is facing forward
The first condition applies to toddlers who are lying in a baby seat with their head facing the direction of travel. With this arrangement, the passenger airbag must never be activated. The tests with the baby seat have shown that a toddler with the airbag deactivated can survive a frontal collision at 64 km / h almost unharmed.
However, if the airbag remains active, the child will likely suffer severe head and neck injuries in the accident. Exclusively due to the force of the airbag. Even a minor accident at low speed can lead to serious or fatal injuries. The legislator has therefore banned the use of such baby carriers when the airbag is “hot”.
2. Pay attention to the distance between the child and the airbag
The child seat with integrated airbag can do that
If the child is traveling with you, please be as safe as possible. When it comes to child seats, many parents only want the best. A manufacturer is now advertising a completely new high-tech protection: a child seat with an integrated airbag. Source: N24 / Laura Fritsch
The second condition applies to seats with a larger child facing forward in the direction of travel. The distance to the effective area of the airbag is allowed not be too small.
In principle, older children who are correctly seated in a child seat are well protected in the front passenger seat by the airbag in the event of an impact. The stresses on the head and neck measured in the tests by the ADAC are lower than in the same accident without the airbag being deployed.
However, if the child sits too close to the dashboard, they will be hit by the deploying airbag. This can lead to broken bones, abrasions and burns. There is a risk of even more serious injuries if the child’s legs are in the airbag deployment area.
Reading user guides can save lives
Because the jackknife effect causes the lap belt to slip into the stomach or even injure the spine. Even in this case a minor accident is dangerous because the injuries are caused solely by the airbag, which is deployed at around 30 km / h.
However, before a child is strapped into the front passenger seat, parents should search the vehicle and child seat manuals for instructions and restrictions. There it is described whether children are even allowed to be placed in the front passenger seat in the car in question, what you have to pay attention to with regard to child safety and whether and how the airbag deactivation works.
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