Shocking airbag video

Thank God it wasn't a real child.

A cautionary video prepared by the Delta Fire Department shows the explosive force of a car's airbags.

To drive home the message that small children should not be seated in the front of vehicles, the firefighters set one off – with a child seat and dummy sitting on top.

The resulting slow-motion video shows the dummy and seat launched at least 20 feet into the air.

The firefighters posted the video to Twitter with the message that airbags save lives, but can also do harm.

"Keep kids in the back seat please," they said.

Transport Canada recommends parents place children in the back seat when possible.

If not, turn off the airbags, if the car is so equipped.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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