Buckle all children aged 12 and under in the back seat. Airbags can kill young children riding in the front seat. Never place a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag. Buckle children in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts on every trip, no matter how short the trip.
8 to 12 years According to the National Safety Council, children should ride in a booster seat until they reach all of the following: at least 9 years of age. 4 feet 9 inches in height. 80 lb in weight.
13 years old
Children under age 8 may ride in the front if there is no forward-facing rear seat in the vehicle, the child restraint cannot be properly installed in rear seat , all rear seats are occupied by other children age 7 or under, or for medical reasons.
While airbags are meant to protect adults from harm in a car crash, they can’t protect children sitting in the front seat . As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ages 13 and under buckle up in the back seat for safety.
It is safest and best practice for children to wait to sit in the front seat until they are age 13 . The Centers for Disease Control, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and, most likely, even your airbag and car manufacturer recommend keeping children under age 13 in the back seat .
4 feet, 9 inches
Children aged 7 years and over can travel in the front seat . However, research shows that children under 12 years are much safer travelling in the back seat . For example, Victoria, News South Wales and South Australia no longer consider age ‘7’ the magic number to take a child out of a child restraint.
Adults and children must be buckled up whether they are in the front or back seat. A child up to 8 years old, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches , must ride in a child safety seat. From birth to as long as possible, up to the weight or height limit of the seat. At a minimum, keep rear-facing until age 1 and 20 lbs.
The general consensus says seat belts don’t typically fit children properly until they are at least 57 inches tall ( 4 feet 9 inches ) and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.
Yes, it is legal, though not recommended. The safest place for children to be sitting is actually in the middle of the backseat, but some of us who have multiple children or, in your case, have a 2 seater car , have no choice but to put a child in the front seat .
or child harness. Must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle that has a two or more rows of seats unless all the back seats are occupied by other children who are also under 7 years. Kidsafe recommends: Keep children in the most appropriate restraint until they reach the maximum size limit (weight/height).
Vehicles with One Row Ideally, children will ride in proper restraints in the back seat of all vehicles. The back seat is the safest place for children under age 13. However, in trucks with only one row, that’s not a possibility. Rear facing car seats must never be installed in front of an active airbag.
Booster seat : When your child is at least 18 kg (40 lb) and at least 4 years old , and has outgrown their forward-facing car seat with a 5 -point harness, they may be ready to move to a belt-positioning booster seat . To safely use a booster seat , your child must be able to sit correctly.