Lap/shoulder safety belts offer the most effective means available (combined with air bags) for reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic collisions. But only if everybody wears them. Every time. Regardless of the length of the trip or the weather.
- lap belts should fit snugly across the hips, not over the stomach
- shoulder belts go over the shoulder and across the center of the chest
- never tuck a shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back
Where to Sit In a Car with Air Bags
Air bags inflate at a rate of about 200 miles per hour. The risk zone for drivers in the path of an inflating air bag lies within the first two to three inches of the steering wheel. Placing yourself ten inches from the bag (measured from the center of the steering wheel to the breastbone) provides a clear margin of safety.
- Move seat to the rear as far as possible while still comfortably reaching the pedals.
- Slightly recline back of seat.
- If steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it downward, away from head.
Kids Go In The Back.
Never put an infant in a rear-facing safety seat in front of an air bag. An infant or child in the front seat could be seriously injured or killed by an inflating air bag, even when the child is properly secured. As a result, the safest place for children 12 and under is secured in the back seat.
Don't let children under 18 ride in the open bed of a pick-up or on a flatbed truck. Not only is it dangerous, it's now also against the law in Texas. Exceptions are for parades, beaches and families whose pick-up is their only vehicle.