A reader admonsihes us and is correct: do NOT put your 8 year old in the front seat to alleviate car sickness.
I write with anguish at the boneheaded advice you gave to the dad whose 8-year-old daughter gets car sick. Sure, putting her up front in the passenger seat might help her
car sickness, but probably by ending her life or sentencing her to serve it out in an iron lung. From the column: "If she's properly belted in and far enough back from
the air bag, she should be fine." Yeah, if she never moves a muscle, if she doesn't slide forward to let her feet drop comfortably off the seat cushion, if she never leans
forward to change the radio station or pick up a box of tissues off the floor. I could go on. With 32 hours of certification training from NHTSA and AAA as a Child
Passenger Safety Technician, you bet I could go on. But I hope you guys go on and correct a dangerous piece of advice. Thank you for your attention. -- Officer Mark
Bergin, Child Seat Safety Coordinator, Alexandria, Va.
TOM: Well, you told us, didn't you! Thanks, Mark.
RAY: We stand corrected. Obviously, the safest place for a child is always in the back seat. And NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
recommends the back seat for all kids 12 and under, since you can't rely on them to sit still even if they are belted in.
TOM: So we'd like to amend our advice to the dad with the car sick 8-year-old. Scratch the front seat suggestion. We recommend plastic seat covers and a case of Lysol.