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Babies in cars

Air bags bad, but forgetting worse

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When the laws were changed to require that young children only be allowed to sit in the back seat of vehicles so that air bags did not kill them, I don't think anyone anticipated that the move could be even more deadly for some young children. A child sitting in the front seat will not be forgotten, but a quiet, sleeping child in a back seat is easily unnoticeable. In these hot months, I wonder which is safer: having the child safe from airbags by being in a back seat, or a child in the front seat who is safe from being forgotten by a parent or other relative who is not doing their normal routine and cannot see a reminder of their obligation. Until the law changes, put a reminder over a briefcase or purse in your front seat: a baby blanket or other reminder that precious cargo is in the back seat.
Jean DeWitt
Mill Creek

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