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Buying A SAfer CAr for Child PASSengerS 2009



center-seat lap and shoulder belts available, which provide better protection than a lap belt alone and benet older children and children in booster seats who oen ride in the rear center-seat position .

Adjustable Upper Belts (Rear)

Because seat belts must t people of various sizes, including older children, some manufacturers oer an adjustable upper belt anchorage that lets you change the position of the shoulder strap to accom- modate a person’s size . is feature allows adjust- ment and may improve the shoulder belt t for the passenger . Check the manufacturer’s instructions to correctly adjust the seat belts in your vehicle .

Built-In Child Safety Seats

Some manufacturers oer built-in child safety seats that are designed to restrain children at least 1 year old and over 20 pounds . Specic weight and height requirements may vary; check with the vehicle manufacturer for details . Since the introduction of the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system, which was designed to make child safety seats easier to install, only a very small percentage of manufacturers oer this feature . As a result, you will not nd this safety feature listed in the “Child Safety Features by Model – 2009” charts included in this booklet . Check with your dealer or manu- facturer for more information about vehicle mod- els that include built-in child safety seats .

Manual Air Bag On-O Switch

Vehicles with no rear seat, or a rear seat that is not appropriate for a child safety seat, may have a switch that lets the driver control the front-seat passenger air bag . e switch has a warning light that must be clearly visible to all front-seat passengers to let them know when the air bag has been turned o .

Infants and children riding in the front passenger seat can be seriously injured — or even killed — if

the air bag inates . However, we recognize that there may be occasions when a parent or caregiver has no other option than to place a child in the front passenger seat, such as:

  • 1 .

    In a pickup truck or sports car with insucient, inadequate, or no rear seats, or

  • 2 .

    If a parent is transporting too many children for all to ride in the rear, or

  • 3 .

    If a child with a medical condition requires monitoring and the driver is the only available adult in the vehicle .

In such cases where transporting a child 12 or younger is unavoidable the air bag on-o switch should be set to the OFF position .

Refer to your owner s manual for information on the correct use of the air bag on-o switch.

In addition to vehicle with no rear, or a rear seat that is not appropriate for a child safety seat, NHTSA will authorize the installation of an air bag on-o switch under the following four circumstances:

  • 1 .

    People who must transport infants riding in rear-facing infant seats in the front passenger seat .

  • 2 .

    People who must transport children 12 and younger in the front passenger seat .

  • 3 .

    Drivers who cannot change their customary driving positions to keep 10 inches between the center of the steering wheel and the center of the breastbone .

  • 4 .

    People whose medical conditions pose a special risk that outweighs the safety benets of air bags in a crash .

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