Protecting Child Passengers – Important Considerations Accord

  • An inflating front or side airbag can injure or kill a child sitting in the front seat.
  • A child in the front seat is more likely to interfere with the driver's ability to safely control the vehicle.
  • Statistics show that children of all sizes and ages are safer when they are properly restrained in a rear seat.
  • Any child who is too small to wear a seat belt correctly must be restrained in an approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle using either the lap belt portion of the lap/shoulder belt or the lower anchors of the LATCH system.
  • Never hold a child on your lap because it is impossible to protect them in the event of a collision.
  • Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt would likely press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries.
  • Never let two children use the same seat belt. Both children could be very seriously injured in a crash.
  • Do not allow children to operate the doors, windows, or seat adjustments.
  • Do not leave children, pets or people needing assistance in the vehicle unattended, especially in hot weather when the inside of the vehicle can get hot enough to kill them. They could also activate vehicle controls, causing it to move unexpectedly.


Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash.

Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a childseat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt, using a booster seat if necessary.


Allowing a child to play with a seat belt or wrap one around their neck can result in serious injury or death.

Instruct children not to play with any seat belt and make sure any unused seat belt a child can reach is buckled, fully retracted, and locked.

See also:
Protecting Infants Accord
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Selecting a Child Seat Accord
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Installing a LATCH-Compatible Child Seat Accord
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