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Published: Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Babies in cars

Air bags bad, but forgetting worse

When the laws were changed to require that young children only be allowed to sit in the back seat of vehicles so that air bags did not kill them, I don't think anyone anticipated that the move could be even more deadly for some young children. A child sitting in the front seat will not be forgotten, but a quiet, sleeping child in a back seat is easily unnoticeable. In these hot months, I wonder which is safer: having the child safe from airbags by being in a back seat, or a child in the front seat who is safe from being forgotten by a parent or other relative who is not doing their normal routine and cannot see a reminder of their obligation. Until the law changes, put a reminder over a briefcase or purse in your front seat: a baby blanket or other reminder that precious cargo is in the back seat.
Jean DeWitt
Mill Creek
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