Why are children supposed to ride in the back seat?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2022 | Car Accidents

As any parent knows, children are supposed to ride in the back seat of the car. They may not like this and ask to ride in the front, but they’re not supposed to do so. It’s more likely that they’ll be injured in an accident.

But why is this? You may at first think it’s because of the car seat, but couldn’t you just put the car seat in the front? Why are children supposed to be in the back?

The hazard of the airbag

The first reason is just that airbags, designed to keep adults safe in accidents, can be very hazardous for children. The airbag comes out with an incredible amount of force, and it can put a lot of pressure on a child’s face and neck when it hits. Since the child is so short, they can suffer severe and even fatal injuries. An adult will certainly be safer with an airbag, and it’s a good invention, but it only works for adults.

Increasing the distance

A second reason to put children in the back seat is simply that most car accidents involve the front of the vehicle. This means that a child who was in the back is further from that impact site. They could definitely still be injured in the back seat, but the frame of the car itself gives them a little bit of extra protection.

What if your child is still injured?

If you get involved in a car accident that someone else caused, and a child who was with you in the car suffered severe injuries, be sure you understand all the legal options at your disposal.