Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: '00 S430
Location: Buckeye Nation
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First of all, congratulations on your new bundle of joy, there is NOTHING else like having a child.
There have been several reports re: kids in the rear and the concern with injury from side airbags. Audi and BMW IIRC were first to address this. I don't know of any reports of actual injury although I am sure google will let you know.
If you are putting the car seat in the middle (the absolute ideal place) then the side bag (which is about like a medium sized loaf of Italian bread) should not pose any risk, confirm this with MBUSA).
With a newborn, I assume the baby will be rear facing. Consider tethering the top of the infant seat to the floor. With most infant seats, you only get two point fixation. In a roll over or a severe rear ender the top of the seat freely rotates upward all the way to the backrest.
As of a few years ago, Britax was the only company to address this issue with a top tether for the floor to keep the upper portion of the seat fixed. I called Graco and asked about this issue and the nincompoop that answered the call stated that "Britax is European and they have a higher safety standard than we do".
Make sure you have lower LATCH anchors and a tether especially after 1 year AND 20lbs (not or 20lbs, a 6 month old 20lb baby is still to young to face forward, before a year AND 20 lbs, their neck muscles are not strong enough to support the head in a frontal crash. Racers have the same issue in high speed crashes and wear a HANS (Head And Neck Support, developed at Michigan State, used worldwide: mini seat belts that attach to the helmet to prevent the head from separating from the spine).
Last edited by II kings 920; 06-11-2007 at 11:36 AM.