Originally Posted by kirei
but hey, i'll try to look into it a bit more. maybe i misunderstood. does anyone know why a RF seat cannot go in the front?
dallaschildren -- what you quoted there did not say anything about carseats in the front seat. or did i just miss something?
A safety seat cannot go rearfacing in the front seat of a car if you have an airbag and it cannot be shut off. Airbags deploy at a high rate of speed and your child would be seriously injured or killed if it deploys into her. More here:Q: Should I put a rear-facing infant seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag?
A: No. Unless the vehicle is equipped with a cut-off switch for the air bag and the air bag is shut off, under absolutely no circumstances should a parent place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag. There is an extremely high risk of severe injury or fatality in this situation, and a child should never be subjected to this risk. Even if the air bag is shut off or there is no air bag, the safest place for all children 12 and under is in the rear seat.
Many parents are concerned about having an infant rear-facing in the rear seat. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics stresses that a healthy baby buckled correctly in a rear-facing infant seat is as safe as a baby placed in a crib for a nap or overnight sleep. The risk of serious injury in a crash is much greater than the risk of a healthy baby having a life threatening health problem during a car ride. If no rear seat is available in which to place a rear-facing infant seat, and another mode of transportation is available, use of that alternative should be considered.
And this:Q: Should I put a forward-facing child safety seat in the right front seat with an air bag? Will the child be safe if the air bag deploys?
A: NHTSA recommends placing all children 12 and under in the rear seat. That is the safest place. If no option exists other than seating a young child in the front seat, several steps must be taken. First, the child needs to be properly restrained in the child seat. Second, the vehicle seat needs to be pushed all the way back, to maximize the distance between the child and the air bag.
Do you have an on/off switch already installed in your car for the front passenger airbag? If not read here for what to do:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Q2: Can I disable the air bag(s) in my vehicle? How can it be done? Who do I contact?
A: Disabling an air bag is difficult and can be dangerous. Federal law prohibits dealers, repair shops, etc. from disabling air bags. Further, state inspection laws may require air bags to be fully functional. More important, because air bags have been shown to save more than 1,750 lives, NHTSA strongly discourages disabling except in special circumstances.
On January 6, 1997, NHTSA issued a Federal Register notice proposing that all owners be permitted to have their driver and/or passenger air bags disabled if they are made aware of the consequences and sign an informed consent agreement. This proposal was open for comments through February 5, 1997. The agency will make a final decision on this proposal. A copy of this proposal can be found on the Internet (www.nhtsa.dot.gov
) or if you provide your name and address, a copy will be mailed to you. Until that final decision is made, owners must follow the agency's current policy which is to grant exemptions in cases involving either a child in a rear-facing child seat who has a medical condition requiring close monitoring by the driver, or a vehicle that does not have any rear seat in which to install a child seat.Q6: What do I do if a dealer does not honor a waiver for disconnecting an air bag issued by NHTSA to an individual?
A: NHTSA does not have authority to require any dealer to disconnect an air bag. If a dealer will not disconnect an air bag for a vehicle owner that has obtained a waiver to disconnect, the owner should seek another dealer. If other dealers will not disconnect the air bag the owner could contact an independent service garage. An owner should never attempt to disconnect the air bag themselves. An air bag system is highly sophisticated and the air bag deploys with great force. Tampering with an air bag system could put the owner at risk of physical harm due to an inadvertent deployment.
You can find the application to disable your airbag at www.nhtsa.dot.gov
As for driving through states in relation to their child passenger laws.............I would contact your local police department for information on your liability when travelling through other states. I would think that if you are driving through and not stopping, then there would be some sort of "waiver" that allows you exemption from fines/tickets.
CPS tech and momma to 2 sons in seats