A child has to be at least 5 years old and weigh 40 pounds or more to ride in the front seat. There is no limitation if the vehicle doesn't have a back seat or if the front seat does not have a passenger-side airbag, according to buckleupnc.org.
An appropriate car seat or booster seat is required for children under age 8 or under 80 pounds, which must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. The driver is responsible for all children under age 16 in the car. An incorrectly secured child can cost a driver both court fees and license points, buckleupnc.org reminds us.