2. air bags
Young children can sustain serious injuries from air bags, which deploy even in a low speed crash.
A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 13 years old, air bags can be dangerous.
In fact, no child under 40 pounds [13 kg] or less should sit in the front seat of a car with airbags on the side of passengers, according to both the Department of Transport (DOT) and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The safest place for children is in the middle of the back seat, using a seat belt and shoulder strap or child safety seat, the NTSB said. Children under four feet, three inches [9 cm] tall, should be able to ride in the support seats.