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From what I have been reading, the 2012 ram comes with a Standard Occupant sensing airbag. so in the seat it senses if there is a passenger and turns on the passenger air bag, if no one is in the seat, the airbag will not deploy upon a collision. I would still contact customer service and confirm this, the life of a child is nothing to play with.


Standard Features Ram 1500
PASSENGER AIRBAG DEACTIVATION - OCCUPANT SENSING DEACTIVATION

They also say the following at the RAM website "Children 12 and under should always be in a back seat correctly using an infant or child restraint system, or the seat belt properly positioned, dependent on the child's age and weight."

If in doubt, call Ram to confirm, 1-866-RAMINFO.
Yes, a combination of seat sensors and as in my wife's 08' Avenger (maybe in the Ram) use a Occupant Restraint Controller to literally measure the occupants and their position in the cabin to measure the rate of inflation. This is done sonically in conjunction with the seat sensors.

Good point to bring up!
 
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