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Health Tip: Prevent Air Bag Injuries in Children

(HealthDay News) -- Air bags were designed with adults in mind, the Nemours Foundation says.

While an airbag has the potential to save a child's life in the event of an accident, the force and speed with which it deploys can be deadly to a youngster.

Here are the foundation's suggestions for preventing airbag injuries in children:

  • Children should always ride in the back seat until they are at least 12. Kids also should always wear seat belts.
  • Never put an infant car seat in the front seat of a car.
  • If you have to put a child in the front seat, push the seat as far back as it will go, and if possible, disable the passenger-side air bag.

-- Diana Kohnle

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