|I would not be comfortable with that arrangement. We follow the current recommendations that children should not be in the front seat before age 15.
This statement is not supported by any research, data or real life experiences. It's totally incorrect. Front seat placement is a very misunderstood subject, especially in US. Fact is that front seat is an excellent place for a child, rear facing or forward facing, as long as airbag is deactivated.
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Most airbags in US can't be deactivated but this doesn't change the fact that it's extremely safe if airbag can be deactivated. Doesn't matter if it's for an infant, toddler, or older child. We know very well that front seat is a great place for a child thanks to research, data and real life experience.
- Research show front seat is just as safe as the rear. Rf in front seat is actually safer when looking at all factors. US data show rear seat is safer which is not surprising since airbags can't be deactivated so they should not be sitting there.
- A child shorter than 140 cm (55 inches) should not sit in front seat with an active airbag. It's not safe.
- Sweden, 30 years ahead of US in car seat safety, have been keeping kids rear facing since 1965 and use the front seat extensively for small to large kids. Both RF and FF. Car seat safety record is the envy of the world
- Car seat manufacturers such as Britax, BeSafe, Graco say publicly front seat is a great place as long as airbag is deactivated. It's on their websites in Europe.
- Car brands such as Volvo, Volkswagen, Audi, etc say publicly front seat is just as safe as the rear seat.
- Europe has Isofix instead of LATCH. Newer cars have Isofix in front passenger seat so kids can sit there from infant age throughout booster age.
- I have the privilege of working closely with the elite in the world in car seat safety. The safety of front seat placement with a deactivated airbags is never debated because everyone with in depth knowledge know it's extremely safe.