I'm about to buy a new 2004 325i. I have a two-and-a-half year old child (real big for his age, about 44 pounds) who will sit in a child car seat in the right rear. I'm a very safety-conscious person.
Here's my question: should I order the optional rear side air bags for the car? My research on the web returns mixed results. Some sources say that such a feature might be more dangerous than safe for children under 60 or 70 pounds. Others say that you must consult the manufacturer. I called BMW today and they seemed virtually clueless about it.
In the future, I might have another kid - so there would be an infant riding in the car as well.
I'm grateful for your help. I really enjoy reading these forums, and have learned a lot.