The roots of this controversy go back to the mid-1990s, when it became clear that airbags could harm infants. Since then, all car seats have been designed for use in rear seats. Problem is, some 31,000 drivers crash each year because of distractions from passengers -- such as an infant crying in the back. With this in mind, XSCi has designed what it claims is an airbag-compatible car seat. The seat consists of a removable infant cradle shock-mounted to a frame that slopes up and outward like a helmet. Foam is said to absorb crash energy and transfer it to the automobile seat cushion. Independent tests show the seat exceeds the federal government's stringent Child Restraint Air Bag Interaction criteria.