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Yes, it is. All air bags (frontal or side) are supplemental safety devices and are intended to work best in combination with safety belts. Therefore, NHTSA recommends that:

  • ALL children use a safety restraint appropriate for their age and size (this could be a safety seat, booster seat or adult safety belt).
  • Children aged 12 and younger are safest sitting in the rear seat properly restrained.
  • NEVER place a rear-facing infant seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger air bag.
  • To minimize injury risks, NHTSA recommends that children not lean or rest against chest-only or head/chest combination SABs.
  • NHTSA has not seen any indication of risks to children from current roof-mounted head SABs.

NHTSA continues to closely monitor the real world performance of side airbags involving children and adults. You can read additional information about side airbags on

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