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Offline MikeG

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Last weekend I was at the Shannons Wheels Car Show and saw a Gallardo with a baby seat in the passenger seat.

Apart from the comic value, it posed real questions over whether it would be legal given the rules about children in close proximity to airbags.

But I always thought this was for vehicles that have back seats as an alternative.

How does the law work with two seated sports cars?

M
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Offline Richie

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Don't think there is a problem.

I always take my kid out for a ride (2 and 5 year old), you can turn off the passenger airbag in all late model Lamborghinis, including the SV, so there is no airbag issue. They have child restraint section in the owners manual telling you how that's done, so don't have to be surprised when you see a child seat in a Lambo anymore.

You cannot find such device in Ferrari cars, at least up to 430, that's also one of the reasons I cannot have a fezza besides the 360 I had (was quickly forced to sell, well, being one of the reasons again).

In the Smart car, being a 2 seater car, I cannot turn off the passenger airbag either, but the owners manual has the child restraint section too, simply ask you to pull the passenger seat all the way to the back and by the look of the child sitting position, I don't think the airbag is ever going to touch the kid.



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Offline jamesatfish


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Last weekend I was at the Shannons Wheels Car Show and saw a Gallardo with a baby seat in the passenger seat.

Apart from the comic value, it posed real questions over whether it would be legal given the rules about children in close proximity to airbags.

But I always thought this was for vehicles that have back seats as an alternative.

How does the law work with two seated sports cars?

M

Mike,

That was me at Shannons last weekend.

As Richie mentioned, the Gallardo has the option to disable the passenger's side airbag which I obviously do each time I fit the seat.  The rear harness strap is mounted to a fixed point on the firewall so it's as secure as when fitted to the back seat of any other car.

I checked with the ACT RTA when my daughter was born - the law states that a child under 7 must not be seated in the front seat of any vehicle with more than 1 row of seating, but for single-row vehicles it is completely legal to have a correctly fitted child seat in the front.  The ruling obviously covers utes and light commercial vehicles as well as 2 seat sports cars.



Offline MikeG

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Thanks James. I had assumed something along those lines...

Nice car by the way :)

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Offline jamesatfish


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Thanks James. I had assumed something along those lines...

Nice car by the way :)

M

Thanks - sorry I didn't see you around otherwise would have been happy to chat re exhausts too.  Perhaps at the next show.



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Offline AshSimmonds

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^^ Random. :p

Anyhoo, well known member here 1neon does/did this on his F430, however it required a special key and was apparently a $10k option to be able to switch off the pax airbag. :eek: :faint:







Offline jamesatfish


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^^ Random. :p

I assume this was a reference to the misspelling in the threat title...?

Anyhoo, well known member here 1neon does/did this on his F430, however it required a special key and was apparently a $10k option to be able to switch off the pax airbag. :eek: :faint:

The Gallardo also uses a special key to toggle the airbag, but it just came with the car as a standard feature.



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I assume this was a reference to the misspelling in the threat title...?

LMFAO - I didn't even notice! :D





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