Children older than 13 can ride in the front seat of a car with airbags. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, younger children are at risk for injury during the deployment of airbags and should sit in the backseat.
For maximum safety, infants and children up to approximately 2 years old should ride in rear-facing car seats until they have outgrown the age and size allowances of the safety seat. At about 2 years old, children may graduate to front-facing safety seats and later to booster seats. When children have grown large enough to safely use standard seat belts, both lap belts and shoulder belts should be used.