Backseat is best - always!
You're picking your older pre-schooler up or picking up your child from school - how many people do you see with children sitting in the front seat?
While New Zealand has no law around children sitting in the front seat, it is certainly not a safe, nor a recommended option.
The backseat is the safest place in the vehicle - the middle of the backseat is technically the safest. This image designed by Bruce from "The Car Seat Dude" shows the priority positions within a vehicle for children.
Where is the safest position in your specific vehicle?
Where you get the best install!
As our guru Bruce says - “Facts should affect opinions, but opinions shouldn’t affect facts” - Ricky Gervais
We know that to survive a crash on our roads we need to be restrained correctly in a vehicle. Children are particularly at risk of injury as their bones are still vulnerable to forces outside of their bodies, thus we keep them restrained in appropriate car seats.
Air bags are offered in vehicles now to protect front seat passengers - adults. They are not appropriate for children. An air bag deploys at force that is not safe for a child to withstand. Keeping children in the backseat keeps them away from not only the often primary source of force in a crash, but also safely away from the airbags.
It gives them every chance of survival.
Come and see a qualified car seat technician - this will ensure correct installation, education and security that things are in the best place, and installed in the correct manner! If you are unsure of the position to put children in, or how to install your car seat, it is ALWAYS best to get advice from an expert - just like we do before anything major in life!