According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no minimum weight for a child to sit in the front seat of a car. The CDC recommends, however, that children continue riding in a booster seat in the back of the car until seatbelts fit the children properly.Continue Reading
The CDC notes that it is inappropriate for children under 12 years of age to ride in the front seat of a car. The CDC also makes more specific recommendations regarding child passenger safety. From birth until age 2, the CDC recommends that a child should ride in a rear-facing car seat. A child should ride in a front-facing car seat from age 2 to 5. Starting from age 5, a child should continue to ride in a booster seat until a seatbelt fits properly. The CDC further advises that the back middle seat is the safest place for children to ride.
In 2012, more than 1,100 children under the age of 14 were killed in automobile accidents and more than 176,000 suffered injuries. Airbags pose the biggest danger to young children riding in the front seat of a car. The impact of an airbag can severely injure or kill children.Learn more about Babies & Toddlers
A booster seat must be able to accommodate a child until he is big enough to use a seat belt alone. The minimum height and weight accommodations on booster seats vary by manufacturer, but they should all accommodate a child until he is at least 57 inches in height.Full Answer >
General guidelines for installing child car seats include following the specific weight and height restrictions given in the seat's owners' manual. Also, follow the instructions in your car's manual, as many newer cars have a LATCH system designed for car seats, while older cars use the seat belt.Full Answer >
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the recommended height for children to be able to sit in the front seat of a car is 57 inches tall, or 4 feet 9 inches. Some states, such as New York, permit children to sit in any seat with a booster seat.Full Answer >
A child must be 4 years old and have reached the maximum height allowed in a forward-facing car seat before using a backless booster seat, as of 2015. Parents who own a forward-facing car seat should check the manufacturer's instructions for the maximum height it permits.Full Answer >