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Kids in 2 seater cars

Does anyone know what the law is? If the only car I can afford is a something like a corvette can the government really prevent me from transporting my kid in it?

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if all you can afford is a corvette... the insurance payments alone on a vette will buy a kia

i dunno the rules about kid seats in cars and wont be needing that knowledge any time soon
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Thats perfectly legal. They only have to be in the back seat if one is available.




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The law allows you to put children in the front seat of a car if there is no back seat available but that doesn't mean it's safe to do so. Children belong in the back seat so that if you were in an accident they fly into the back of a seat as opposed to a glass window. Plus, airbags can seriously injure a child. IMO it should be illegal and you should do anything possible to avoid putting a child in a 2 seater car. A child should be more important than driving around in a fancy sports car.

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The law allows you to put children in the front seat of a car if there is no back seat available but that doesn't mean it's safe to do so. Children belong in the back seat so that if you were in an accident they fly into the back of a seat as opposed to a glass window. Plus, airbags can seriously injure a child. IMO it should be illegal and you should do anything possible to avoid putting a child in a 2 seater car. A child should be more important than driving around in a fancy sports car.
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The law allows you to put children in the front seat of a car if there is no back seat available but that doesn't mean it's safe to do so. Children belong in the back seat so that if you were in an accident they fly into the back of a seat as opposed to a glass window. Plus, airbags can seriously injure a child. IMO it should be illegal and you should do anything possible to avoid putting a child in a 2 seater car. A child should be more important than driving around in a fancy sports car.
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The danger with airbags comes from having the child too close to them when they inflate.

If you must put a kid in a 2 seater, put the seat as FAR BACK as possible and ensure that all safety belts are fixed and fitted properly to their body (shoulder belt crosses and is held in the proper place, not cutting the neck, lap belt is down where it is supposed to be and all slack removed, etc.)

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Read the manual for the vehicle. Most have the ability to disable the pass airbag whether its a weight sensor or key/button.
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[QUOTE=leavundst;1107193]If the only car I can afford is a something like a corvette[QUOTE]




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Does anyone know what the law is? If the only car I can afford is a something like a corvette can the government really prevent me from transporting my kid in it?

Yeah me too. I'm waiting for the 4 door Lambo to come out so it's a little safer.
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Most of the safety stuff regarding kids in cars is age and size related.

Here's a link to the 2008 guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics if you're interested in more information. http://www.aap.org/family/Carseatguide.htm

Most of the recommendations are safety related and not laws per se.
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Read the manual for the vehicle. Most have the ability to disable the pass airbag whether its a weight sensor or key/button.
Alot of newer cars come with pressure sensors that will disable the airbags if a certain weight is not on the seat.

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Guys, I was being a little sarcastic when I said all I can afford. I do however want to get a vette for the summer and on a rare occasion i would like to be able to put my child in it. Otherwise he has his own highly armored Nissan Titan to push other vehicles out of the way. Basically I really want a vette, but if I can't have a kid in the car at all I will look at a 911 2+2 or M3. Thanks for all the replies.

As for bikes, someone told me that they have to have a helmet on, but thats the only req. My kid is only 1 and won't be on the back of my bike for a long time if ever. Now his own bike is a different story.

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but thats the only req.
Up here they also have to be able to reach the foot pegs.

This won't cut it ...
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If you can't disable air bag it is illegal and you will have to deal with Child services rather quickly besides what cops will do to you.

Question is, Do you really want your kid to be in the front seat of the car?

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Up here they also have to be able to reach the foot pegs.

This won't cut it ...
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If you can't disable air bag it is illegal and you will have to deal with Child services rather quickly besides what cops will do to you.

Question is, Do you really want your kid to be in the front seat of the car?
The airbags have sensors so they disable automatically. Again this is not for every day use, but it might come up.

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you trust GM with their sensors? I would not put my kid there even for one time deal. It only takes one time.

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you trust GM with their sensors? I would not put my kid there even for one time deal. It only takes one time.
dude I'm really not here to argue. I trust GM much more then Porsche, BMW, or Benz. Especially the corvette division. There is an idiot light that tells you if it's on or off.

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Children belong in the back seat so that if you were in an accident they fly into the back of a seat as opposed to a glass window.
Gee if they are in a properly restrained child seat they shouldnt hit either.

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The airbags have sensors so they disable automatically.
Not all cars have sensors. But all 2 seat cars and std cab trucks since around 95-96ish have pass SRS shut offs just for this reason.
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