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#9 of 18 Re: Airbags
Feb 01, 2006 (2:24 pm)
I've heard a rumor of some manufacturer's working on a rear seat airbag designed to come out of the front seat headrest, but you will have the ability to set them to on or off with your key (kind of like some pick-ups have for their passenger seat) so if you would have a child seat in that location.
#10 of 18 Side airbags and kids
Mar 02, 2006 (7:38 am)
In general, rear seat airbags are safe for all passengers including children. There are some early designs, especially torso side airbags, that may not be safe for improperly restrained passengers and/or children. In the case where side impact airbags may pose a risk to children, vehicle manufacturers are supposed to voluntarily disable them when shipped from the factory and require the purchaser to have the dealer enable them. This should also be noted on labels and in the owner's manual. I have not heard that this applies to any mainstream models from recent model years.
Almost all major auto manufacturers meet voluntary guidelines on side airbags systems to avoid injuries to out of position occupants. Conformance to to these guidelines is noted on the individual vehicle safety report pages at http://www.safercar.gov . Also see http://www.iihs.org/ratings/protocols/pdf/twg_final_procedures.pdf for the fine details.
The current consensus is that side curtain airbags are not only safe for properly restrained children, but should improve their safety in a side impact. So far, there has not been any kind of epidemic of injuries as there was with early, full-force frontal airbags. At recent conferences on child passenger safety, it is still noted that no serious injuries to children have been attributed to side impact airbags. To my knowledge, only one or two serious injuries to adults have been reported.
#11 of 18 Air bags. Are they safe for children and children in car seats?
May 05, 2006 (1:02 am)
I believe the new Dual Stage airbags
(I think that's what their called ?) appear to be alot safer, but yes kids still aren't reccommended for front seat occupancy. The Lucerne/DTS I know has these new airbags.
#12 of 18 help needed
Sep 14, 2006 (1:25 am)
I was wondering if anyone knows any source where I can get all the technical information about airbags in cars from the beginning till now. Any help will be appreciated.
#13 of 18 Re: Air bags. Are they safe for children and children in car seats? [rockylee]
Sep 14, 2006 (6:31 am)
Yeah, and just about EVERY other new model sold today! Dual stage airbags have been around for a few years now.
#14 of 18 Re: Air bags. Are they safe for children and children in car seats? [nippononly]
Sep 15, 2006 (7:53 am)
I read somewhere the Lucerne and DTS, were the first cars out with them nippon.
Okay if you say so pal.
#15 of 18 Re: Air bags. Are they safe for children and children in car seats? [rockylee]
Sep 15, 2006 (8:48 am)
Actually, you're both right! GM has made something called "dual depth" frontal airbags available on the passenger side of the 2006-07 Lucerne and DTS. These inflate to different lengths ("depths") depending on crash severity, belt use, and seat fore-aft position.
Dual-stage airbags are now nearly universal (typically deploying at different pressures depending on crash severity, and in some models, belt use and/or seat fore/aft adjustment). Also, the frontal passenger airbags now must be able to tailor inflation pressure (or whether to deploy at all) for small persons, in particular children, in the front seat. This is typically done with some type of weight sensor in the seat.
#16 of 18 Re: Air bags. Are they safe for children and children in car seats? [210delray]
Sep 15, 2006 (8:21 pm)
Okay I had my wording wrond "dual-depth" is what I meant. The second airbag deploys slower or faster depending on the impact, right ?
#18 of 18 Re: Air bags. Are they safe for children and children in car seats? [jeep1988]
Oct 06, 2006 (7:49 am)
That is why Have all kinds of airbags and have the car seat in center seat on the back. Its the safest seat for infants