Always put your infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the back of your car. A baby riding in the front seat can be fatally injured by a passenger side air bag.
Is it safer to ride in the back seat?
In a head-on car crash, it’s common to assume that the safest place to be is in the back seat. But, a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that rear passengers might be in more danger in a head-on car crash than those in the front seat.
Are rear car seats safe for kids?
Kids in rear car seats are a different matter. Car seats are designed to mitigate some of the risks in the back and are typically safer than a kid facing a front airbag that deploys with far too much force to protect them.
Is it safe to sit in the back of a car?
It remains the conventional wisdom that sitting in the back of a vehicle is safer than sitting in the front, especially for passengers in the “death seat,” as the spot next to the driver used to be called. But that thinking is out of date.
What happens if you put a car seat in the wrong spot?
Placing the car seat in the wrong spot The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
Is back-seat safety in cars stuck in the ’90s?
Back-seat safety in cars is stuck in the ’90s. Don’t sit in the back! You may think the back seat of a car is a safe cocoon, away from the windshield and dashboard, but that was decades ago. Today, the back seat is a relative backwater when it comes to safety tech — and you might want to think twice before sitting back there. What’s the problem?
Should a baby sit in the middle of the car?
Simply stated, the middle seat is the furthest from impact during a collision, as well as the furthest away from air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat, ideally in the center.
Where should infant car seats be placed?
Yes, infant car seats should ideally be installed in the middle. Generally speaking, the rear passenger side is the most typical place parents choose for placing infant car seats – 41% of parents put their car seats here. Does this mean the rear passenger side is the safest place in the car for a baby? Well, not really.
Is it safe for a child to sit in a car?
Melinda Spiteri. The safest place for your child to sit in a car is in a correctly fitted child restraint in the back seat. It’s illegal for a child under four to sit in the front seat of a car with two rows or more. A child between the ages of four and seven can only sit in the front seat if all back seats are occupied by younger children.
Do You Put Your Baby in the middle of your car?
We put ours in the middle for my car (safest place if side impact). Then behind passenger seat in my husbands car (figure if we park on the street it’s better to unload baby from safer non street side)—plus you can see baby better maybe?? yeah, it makes sense. Thank you!
What is the best position for a child seat?
If you are using an Isofix or i-size child seat you can only use the middle rear seat if it has Isofix points. Position 4: Rear Seat Behind the Front Passenger. It is better to use this seat, than the one behind the driver, because it means you can normally get the child in and out of the car on the pavement side.