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Old 08-26-2006, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Booster seats for 12 year olds...

New law being introduced in the UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5279142.stm

I'm all for child safety in vehicles, but if this law is being introduced because seat-belts are ineffective or even dangerous for people under 5 foot tall, shouldn't the auto manufacturers be tackling this issue?
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Old 08-27-2006, 01:05 AM   #2
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One thing that bugs me that auto manufacturers need to address is People at the 5 foot tall mark. They have things for shorter people (children) but what about short adults. My gf is 5 ft tall and she has to sit close to the steering wheel to reach the pedals. Now what is going to happen in an accident when that air bag goes off in her face.
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Old 08-27-2006, 07:32 AM   #3
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Ford has several models with adjustable pedals...But who want to drive a Ford!
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Old 08-27-2006, 12:06 PM   #4
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One thing that bugs me that auto manufacturers need to address is People at the 5 foot tall mark. They have things for shorter people (children) but what about short adults. My gf is 5 ft tall and she has to sit close to the steering wheel to reach the pedals. Now what is going to happen in an accident when that air bag goes off in her face.
New Air Bags have been introduced addressing the issue of short people and “preteens”…as of 2003 most SRS front airbags are a stage “D” deployment system…what this breaks down to is that it deploys at 360mph instead of the 500+mph thus allowing the person to be more supported by the air bag and not just hit the air bag/wall.

Car manufactures like short people too!
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Old 08-27-2006, 12:15 PM   #5
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The issue was with seat belts. Seat belts on many cars have an adjustable slider for shoulder height, but the slider is usually only about 4 inches long. I'm guessing the lap part of the belt is ok for all sizes?
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Old 08-27-2006, 12:26 PM   #6
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I know a family of 7 where only the Dad is over a hundred pounds. His daughter of 15 (about 4'10 and maybe 85 lbs) finally put her foot down and refused to use the booster seat her mother had been insisting she use because of all the warnings about airbags etc.

Maybe interiors should be offered in S, M, L and XL
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:56 AM   #7
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Keep in mind there are similar risks with height in a car. The 2 biggest ones I can think of are

1. basal skull fractures in sever rear end collisions because head rests end right at the top of our spinal cords
2. Smashed knees & shins in head on collisions because that's where dashs seem to start in a lot of vehicles.

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Old 08-28-2006, 11:31 PM   #8
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Keep in mind there are similar risks with height in a car. The 2 biggest ones I can think of are

1. basal skull fractures in sever rear end collisions because head rests end right at the top of our spinal cords
2. Smashed knees & shins in head on collisions because that's where dashs seem to start in a lot of vehicles.

-J
I have to agree with this i find in my vehicle even witht he seat lowered as low as possible i still can hit my shin/knee on the dash under the wheel.

and i'm not even what you'd call big i dunnno how you all manage it
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:37 PM   #9
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This thread reminded me that I have a pair of matching seats coming for the STi:

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Old 08-29-2006, 12:45 AM   #10
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