My friend Charlie writes to say that my recent post about the Toyota Tundra recall misses an important point.
I had mention that Toyota plans to take away the switch that disables the passenger-side airbag when an adult isn’t sitting there. This will make the truck less safe for kids, because the airbag is dangerous for them. I also mentioned that the government is partly responsible.
Charlie says that the Tundra won’t be any less safe for kids of responsible parents. Why? Because “everyone but Britney knows you don’t put your kids in the front seat,” regardless of LATCH systems and airbag switches.
(I should point out that the back seat of the Tundra does have the LATCH system, though the seats may be too small for babies, who are supposed to face backwards).
I agree with Charlie that parents should be the third party (along with the Government and Toyota) when talking about the issue. Shouldn’t they be expected to find out what’s safe for their kids, without relying on Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
On the other hand, some parents don’t know, or don’t care. Shouldn’t we as a society do what we can to protect kids of ignorant (even willfully ignorant) parents? Is this an issue of personal responsibility, or of protecting the weakest class of citizen?