Please revise your advice regarding children and airbags in the front seats of cars.

In 2010 you stated that "You only ever turn off the passenger airbag when fitting a rear-facing baby carrier in the front passenger seat." However, this advice is wrong. Please see here: - "All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat. Airbags can kill young children riding in the front seat." Please revise this advice.

Asked on 28 September 2013 by JE, Bristol

Answered by Honest John
No, because I disagree. Just as an airbag is designed to save a an adult's life, it can also save a child's life travelling in the front seat, otherwise it would not be fitted at all. Of course, the seat should be moved as far back from the airbag as is feasible. And of course anyone in a car is safer in the back seat than in the front seat, But the airbag is far more likely to save the child's life than it is to kill the child. And anyway, how do you switch off the side airbags and curtain airbags also fitted to most new cars these days?
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