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5/2/2011 - Passenger airbags: a potential danger to children

Small children should be placed in the backseat, say experts.

While there's little question that the deployment of airbags have saved lives and reduced auto insurance costs, airbags aren't without their pitfalls, as they can pose a potential danger to young children.

To help parents decide when it's OK for a child to ride in a seat that's equipped with a passenger air bag, SafetyBeltSafe provides some guidelines.

The organization says that because of the rapid way in which airbags deploy after a car is involved in a collision, they can easily cause serious injury to a young rider. Therefore, infants should never be placed in the front seat. Infants should be placed in a rear-facing seat and be in the back for as long as possible.

SafetyBeltSafe says small children - age two or more - should also remain in the backseat, but if it's absolutely necessary for them to be in the front, they should have a seat with a five-point harness system.

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a report saying children should be in rear-facing seats for as long as possible and no one under the age of 13 should sit in the front.

For more tips on airbag safety, child safety seats, car breakdown safety and more, just click here to visit Selective’s website or contact your Selective agent today.

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