Delaware law prohibits any child under the age of 12 and 65 inches from sitting in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger side air bag. Only if the rear seating positions in the vehicle are already occupied by children under 12 and 65 inches, may a child in that age range sit in the front seat. In this situation, parent should let the oldest child, or the child with the best upper body strength, sit in the front seat. They should push that seat as far back from the air bag as possible, and make sure that the child is buckled in with a lap and shoulder belt.
Air bags are designed to deploy in front impact crashes. When an airbag opens, it does not come out as a soft billowy pillow. It springs out of the dashboard at up to 200 miles per hour - faster than the blink of an eye. Dust-like particles often come out of the airbag when it deploys. These particles are usually either talcum powder or corn starch. They are used to lubricate the airbag during deployment.