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post #1 of 3 Old 02-28-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Passenger Air bag: weight restriction

Up to what weight limit can a child be safely be put in the front passenger seat and the air bag will not deploy?

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-28-2012, 06:26 PM
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Over 20 lbs will deploy the bag. 40 lbs is the lowest weight at which one should seat a child (forward facing) in the front seat.
But your question is not really complete. You forgot HEIGHT. The air bag will deploy and be shaped for a person 5'2" or taller with anticipated impact 10-12 inches from the dash. Hence booster seats. A child of ANY weight will be injured if they do not have the weight\height to preload the shoulder harness and arrive on time at the designed bag deployment zone.
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If you do not have a switch it is because you have a backseat - where until 13 Years old they should (and in my bagged vehicles DO) ride.
But by all means - do your own research and do not rely on forum flame warriors to satisfy your need to protect your child (or justify placing them in harms way)!

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Originally Posted by Cutch View Post
Up to what weight limit can a child be safely be put in the front passenger seat and the air bag will not deploy?
If you have a post 07 JK there is no seat belt sensor in the seat. The front air bags are always activated. According to the manual, all children under 12 should be in the back seat. There is no weight listed. Children under 20lbs should be in a rear facing restraint in the back seat.
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