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.. You can read more facts about front seat here.
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.
And, since you have yet to present any sources for your above statements, I'll stick with the much-supported statement that the back seat is safest for anyone, and children under the age of 13 should never ride in the front seat.
This is a great article about safety of different seating positions
|The basic laws of physics mean that any vehicle occupant has the greatest risk of injury when the initial point of impact is closest to them. Since frontal collisions are the most common type of crash, representing about 50 percent of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2007 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), rear-seat passengers in general have less of a risk of injury during a frontal collision simply because they are more likely to be further away from the initial point of impact.
However, this does not hold true for all age groups. A 2005 NHTSA study assessed the risk of serious injury and death to occupants seated in the front seat versus the rear seat, in a frontal impact. This study showed that restrained occupants younger than age 50 had less risk when seated in the rear, while restrained occupants older than 50 were better off in the front seat because the airbag afforded them greater protection.
|NHTSA also recommends that children 12 and under sit in the rear seat away from the force of a deploying air bag.
Children age 12 and under are safest when properly buckled in the back seat of a motor vehicle.
|The closer the occupant sits to the point of impact, the greater the
risk of fatal injury. That is because fatal crashes often result in severe damage, but rarely to the entire vehicle. They can demolish the portion of the passenger compartment closest to the impact, while the furthest portion remains nearly intact. A frontal impact is twice as dangerous for front-seat occupants as back-seat occupants, whereas a rear impact is twice as dangerous for the back-seat occupants.19 But this is not a trade-off. High-speed frontal impacts are far more common than high-speed rear impacts, resulting in greater overall fatality risk to front-seat occupants...
A second advantage for the unrestrained back-seat occupant in a frontal crash is that he or she will contact the back of the front seat, a more benign surface than the steering assembly, instrument panel, or windshield header contacted by the unrestrained front-seat occupant. This advantage may be lost if both occupants are correctly restrained. Nevertheless, a back-seat occupant, restrained or unrestrained, ought to have lower fatality risk than a front-seat occupant with the same safety equipment.