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oped voluntary SAB testing procedures to mini- mize the potential risk of SAB-related injuries for out-of-position occupants, which oen include children who are seated very close (called “out of position”) to a deploying SAB.

If a vehicle has a “meets specication” in the sec- tion labeled “SAB Out-of-Position Testing,” on the www.safercar.gov Web site, it means the manufac- turer has reported to the government that all SABs in the vehicle have successfully completed the full battery of out-of-position tests specied under the voluntary guidelines .

You should read the owner’s manual or contact your manufacturer for specic information about how the side air bag system in your vehicle works in the event of a crash. Visit www.safercar.gov/airbags for more detail on SABs and children. NHTSA also provides more detailed information in a searchable SAB database at www.safercar.gov.

Some facts that parents will want to remember about child occupant protection in general — and side air bags in particular — are listed here:

  • ALL children should use safety restraints appropriate for their age and size (this could be a safety seat, booster seat, or adult seat belt) .

  • Children under 13 are safest sitting in the rear seat and properly restrained .

  • To minimize injury risks, NHTSA recom- mends that children not lean or rest against chest-only or head/chest combination SABs .

  • NHTSA has not seen any indication of risks to children from current roof-mounted head SABs .


Interior Trunk Release

Almost all passenger cars with trunks manufac- tured aer September 1, 2001, are required to be equipped with interior trunk releases. is safety feature is intended to help all individuals — and especially children — who may become locked in the trunk of a vehicle to escape. Check with your automobile dealer for specic information on the type of trunk release system oered and which vehicle manufacturers oer retrot kits for install- ing an interior trunk release in an older car . Ensure that your children know where the interior trunk release is located and how to use it.

CHILD sAFety FeAtuRes By MoDeL  2009

  • e following charts, ordered by vehicle type,

are designed to help you select a family vehicle with key child safety features. Included in these charts is information about the following child safety features:

  • Adjustable Upper Belt - Rear

  • Air Bag On-O Switch

  • Anti-Pinch/Auto Reversal Windows

  • Automatic Door Lock

  • Brake Transmission Shi Interlock

  • LATCH Positions

  • Side Air Bags – 2nd Row

  • Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Tests


Buying A SAfer CAr for Child PASSengerS 2009

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