Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-28-2013, 09:52 PM   #11
jemanly02's Avatar
jemanly02
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 242
Re: does this exist?

If the airbag automatically shuts off by weight in the seat, it's not safe. Unless you can physically turn the airbag off, she cannot ride in that car. I'm so sorry. The trucks might be a better option, I know some of those airbags can be shut off with the key.

Advertisement

__________________
Married to my hero, J <9-20-2002>
Logan James <12-30-11>
jemanly02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #12
genevievej84
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 560
I don't want to sound like I'm beating a dead horse, just wants to share some information on the Smart car and rear facing seats. I'm assuming the model that your child is riding in is the ForTwo and if that is the case a rear facing child seat can NEVER, EVER, be installed there. Despite having sensors and it looking like the airbag is initially shut off, there is a high likely hood that the dynamics of a crash could (and would) trigger the airbag anyway. That would be absolutely devastating to any child in the rear facing seat. It isn't even just a risk of serious injury, she would have no chance :-(

The only time a rear facing seat can be used in the ForTwo model is if you are using the car safety seat that was designed by Mercedes (the parent company) for that car. They built into the car safety seat a chip that will completely deactivate the airbags on the passenger side when that car safety seat is installed. Unfortunately, that product is not available here in N. America.

I'm really not trying to use scare tactics and sensationalism to get my point across. I'm sure you are just trying to figure out the best in a less than ideal situation. But, not only is it extremely dangerous to install a rear facing seat in front of an airbag, it is likely illegal as well. There have been cases of parents being criminally charged and prosecuted when they put their rear facing child in front of an airbag, it deployed, and the child died. It's just not worth the risk. The consequences are too catastrophic.

I do completely understand the headache of working out the logistics of needing your kid to be in several different cars. Between my work schedule and hubby's work schedule, my kids are in 5 different cars in any given week. It's super annoying. And stressful. But there we simply some situations that absolutely cannot happen (rear facing seat in front of an airbag) no matter the circumstance.
__________________
Child Passenger Safety Technician- Instructor
DS1 - 8 DS2 - 7 DS3 - 3
SurroBaby born: 11/04/13
genevievej84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 07:05 PM   #13
jess71903's Avatar
jess71903
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Central Arkansas
Posts: 6,595
My Mood:
Re: does this exist?

Aside from the Smart Car issue, I think you best bet (if doable) is to get 1 nicer seat for your vehicle, and something cheaper for the others, and leave them installed.

The True Fit is available in Canada. I know Canadian Tire was clearancing them out, so many don't have them anymore, but I thought you could order online from Amazon.ca.

Yep, here: http://www.amazon.ca/Lamaze-C670-Pre...511507&sr=1-26
__________________

Gage is Redefining Spina Bifida
jess71903 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 11:29 AM   #14
megs715
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,308
Re: does this exist?

Just a thought for you, can you just switch cars when the other people have your baby? My mom's car is a big old pain to install seats in and we are going to just switch cars the days I work.
megs715 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 11:47 AM   #15
Computermama
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 13,800
My Mood:
Re: does this exist?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jess71903 View Post
Aside from the Smart Car issue, I think you best bet (if doable) is to get 1 nicer seat for your vehicle, and something cheaper for the others, and leave them installed.

The True Fit is available in Canada. I know Canadian Tire was clearancing them out, so many don't have them anymore, but I thought you could order online from Amazon.ca.

Yep, here: http://www.amazon.ca/Lamaze-C670-Pre...511507&sr=1-26
If you have a zellers that's closing around you, or turning into a target, they carry them there, and are obviously closing, so they're a good price.
Computermama is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.