I think the importance of having an elderly loved one have continued access to health care outweighs the risk of airbag injuries. There are things you can do to minimize
the risk of injury. If the elderly family member must sit in the front seat, push the seat back to a position that is farthest from the dashboard. This way, if the airbag was to deploy, the impact may be lessened. If your vehicle has the option to turn off the airbag you can do this. I believe car manufacturers have installed this option for smaller stature people sitting in the front seat, this may go for a frail elderly person as well. Another option is to have your family member sit in the back seat if they are able to negotiate getting in and out. In both instances, statistics show that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of injuries for all ages. Make sure to leave plenty of time for your travel to your appointments to minimize stress on your driving abilities.