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Take out the seat and/or unplug the sensor. Wouldn't put kids in a Corvette though...
 

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My 2007 z51 coupe detects the presence of an adult passenger.
 

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Does that also go for c5 because i am asking is because my kids 13 11 and 9 are dying to get driven when i purchase next year what can be done what do you mean children shouldnt be driven is there really a reason getting hurt to small etc etc etc please elaborate really would like to know thanks
 

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The C5 air bag can be turned off. The C6 is automatic and turns on with so much weight on the pass seat.
 

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The C5 air bag can be turned off. The C6 is automatic and turns on with so much weight on the pass seat.
That is partially true. The C5 override switch was only available on mid-to-end of run 2000 models. It was standard starting with 2001 models. There is an indicator on the center console, while the switch is in the glove compartment. There is a part number on this, but when I spoke to a local dealer they said they wouldn't install it. My guess is that it becomes a liability issue for the dealership.
 

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Why - did you buy one???

Just curious - How do you disable the passenger side air bag on a C6? Or does it automatically disable it based upon the weight of the passenger? :huh:
I think I was off line for like 30 seconds 2 days ago... Did I miss the thread or something??? :laughing: :laughing:
 

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Why? :huh:

I have a little one due in September, and have every intention of having a car seat in the Vette. The only issue will be when my wife wants to come along.
I've been in too many wrecks during my life, plus my step dad back in the day stuffed me and my step brother into his C4.
 

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I've been in too many wrecks during my life, plus my step dad back in the day stuffed me and my step brother into his C4.
I agree with you. Unless you have to put a small child in the Corvette, I wouldn't, if only for the fact that children are much more likely to be injured or killed in the front seat in an accident, and since the only seat in a Vette is the front seat, it's not as safe as having them in the back seat of a "regular" car.

I don't have a Corvette (yet :D) but after doing some research on the topic, I will not be putting my children into the car when it's moving until they're 7 or 8 years old. After that, probably not a big deal.
 

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I agree with you. Unless you have to put a small child in the Corvette, I wouldn't, if only for the fact that children are much more likely to be injured or killed in the front seat in an accident, and since the only seat in a Vette is the front seat, it's not as safe as having them in the back seat of a "regular" car.
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That is true about the front seat of a car, but the Corvette in general is a very safe vehicle. While having them in the back may be safer, I feel the difference in safety is minimal. Hey, there your kids, so it's your choice. The kid in a car seat is still less likely to be hurt in a crash than I would be.

What I find amusing it folks wont put their kid in a Corvette, but have no problem loading them into a school bus with a barely competent driver, 100 other kids and not one seat belt to be found. :crazy:

I for one won't sacrifice my enjoyment of spending time with my child and my Vette for the very slight potential risk. I could step out of my "regular" car with my child in tow and get plowed over by a drunk truck driver too, however I'm not going to sit in a padded room in my house to keep bad things from happening. Life goes by pretty quick, I intend on minimizing any risk as much as I can and hope for the best. I have no intention of being paranoid about what "could" happen. Just my $02

Please no flames about not protecting my child. Much like most parents I would give my own life before allowing anything to harm my kid.

Hell I remember riding in the back of cars when there were very little emphasis on safety. Such as no seat belts, back of a station wagon or van, no shoulder harness. It's amazing we were able to survive those years.
 

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Does the Corvette suddenly get safer after your children reach the age of 7 or 8? :huh:
No, but at that point they are bigger and not sitting in booster seats, wearing a regular seatbelt, and the car's safety equipment is more likely designed to protect people their size (my wife and I are both taller than average, and our child is trending that way too, so he'll be pretty big at age 8).

By the way, a child is 37% more likely to die if seated in the front seat instead of the rear seat.
Q. What should I know about children and frontal air bags?
Since the most common type of crash is frontal, the rear seat is generally the safest place for children to ride, regardless of air bags. One study showed that children are up to 37% less likely to die, when seated in the rear than if seated in the front. Most past and current air bags were designed to help protect adults in frontal collisions; not children. Especially when a child is in a rear-facing safety seat or out of position, a frontal air bag can cause serious or fatal injury.
http://www.usa.safekids.org/tier3_cd.cfm?content_item_id=6551&folder_id=170

I'm not saying you are making a bad choice or otherwise passing judgment on you. Believe me, I'm raising my two year old to be a car guy already and I'd LOVE to take him with me in a Vette. But as parents we have to make judgment calls all the time about what's best for our children, and my decision is that it's not worth the risk to take a small child with me in the Corvette...same way he's not going to be allowed to drive one unsupervised when he's a teenage new driver.

As far as front seat versus back seat, my thinking is, no matter how safe a vehicle is, since most colissions are frontal, having a child in the back seat puts them several feet further from the impact site, and therefore has several more feet for the crash energy to dissipate. I don't know whether or not a Corvette is a particularly safe car - I can't find crash test ratings from NHTSA or IIHS - but I came to my decision after doing some searching here on DC a few months ago. Here's a link to a post where I linked my search results on DC about child seat safety in a Corvette. You're a parent and it's up to you to make a choice.:thumbsup:

Regarding your comment about school buses, I wish they had shoulder belts, but the theory behind not having them is that compartmentalization (thickly padded, high-back seats putting the children in a cocoon) protects them pretty well. The bridge collapse in Minneapolis had a school bus on it and all of the kids survived.

And when I was 5 years old, my parents bought a new 1980 Corvette and my "seat" was in the cargo area under the glass. I remember playing with the storage compartment and battery doors. Yes, I survived, and you survived, but you were twice as likely to die in a car accident in 1975 than you were in 2005 (3.5 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel versus 1.47 in 2005...link). So of course we all survived, or else we wouldn't be here on DC talking about it...but the ones who didn't survive can't tell their stories.

Again, I am not criticizing you, just explaining where I am coming from. We all hopefully do what is best for our children, and like everything else in life, weigh the risks/benefits. I just want people who haven't decided (like I was a few months ago) to have both sides to consider before making their choice.:D
 

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I take (separately) my 7 and 5 year old girls for rides all the time. Get a booster seat for them if they are under 50 pounds. I put the seat all the way back. We hit HWY 49 through Auburn and Cool CA. With a little common sense, there's nothing wrong with it...... think back to when you were just a kid , before all the "feel good" laws and how much fun a hot-rod ride was.... or the back of a pick-up truck was. As usual...a couple of ASS-HATS **** it up for the rest of us. These cars were tested with children in them. You can bet your ass, if there was a problem with kids in these cars, GM would have put a sticker in them saying " You must be this tall to ride this ride"

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I take my 3 year old son out for cruises. I have a booster seat that uses the stock seatbelt and it keeps the weight where the airbag is turned off. I am very comfortable having him in the car and feel he is safe as long as dad drives with his head. Nothing can replace the feeling of driving around with your son who would rather be nowhere else but cruising with his dad in the Vette, priceless.:thumbsup:
 
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