Safety is believed to be a way of life. It is overwhelming to know how much people know the truth but deliberately neglect it for reasons best known to them.
I don’t think its new knowledge to people that it’s not advisable to have children below the age of thirteen seated in the front seat of a car (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).As you move around the city, you find parents driving their pre-teens seated in the front seat .This is especially noticeable during school drop off and pick up.
A 20-day-old infant seated in a rear-facing convertible car seat, placed in the front passenger seat of a 1995-model automobile was killed when the passenger-side air bag deployed. The infant sustained multiple skull fractures and crushing injuries to the brain as a result of the impact of the air-bag compartment cover flap with the back of the child safety seat at the location of the child’s head. At the time of collision, the vehicle was traveling at approximately 23 miles per hour (Ref: Centre for disease control and prevention). The vehicle had a label on the right front sun visor warning against using a rear-facing child safety seat in the front passenger seat. The child safety seat also had a warning label that read “when used in a rear facing mode, do not place in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag.”
Even when the warning is glaring, we still find people that refuse to stay safe. For the love we have towards our younger children, please don’t seat him/her in front, no matter the circumstance. Buckle children in the middle of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.
Airbags inflate rapidly (and then immediately deflate), cushioning the passenger and preventing or reducing contact with parts of the vehicle that are likely to cause injury, such as the steering wheel or dashboard. In order to provide protection, airbags fully inflate in less than one second, expanding at anything up to 160 mph. This means that they inflate with a considerable amount of force. A passenger, who is seated too close to an airbag resulting to its inflation as a result of collision/impact, could be injured.
Research shows that children whose parents buckle up are much more likely to buckle up themselves.
Below are some safety tips that should be learnt about how a child should sit safely in a car in order to avoid injuries, I will be revealing them in my subsequent posts. Meanwhile I will drop this now.
- Always ensure that your child is in an appropriate car seat that is suitable for the car and their age. This should be secured using a seat belt. Make sure the child is securely held by the child seat harness or seat belt.
- Ensure children travel in the rear of the car, preferably buckled, because it is safer.
- Never allow a child at least below the age of thirteen seat in the front seat of a car.