Should I allow my 11 year old to ride up front?

Diane - posted on 11/03/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My ex has started to let my 11 yr old son ride up front in the passenger seat of his vehicle. He ignores my strong requests to return him to the back. After stating my concerns about the passenger seat being the most dangerous seat in the car, he still does not listen.

What can I do?

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Christy - posted on 11/08/2012

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Age 13- Children are not fully developed and able to withstand getting hit with an air bag.

Talisha - posted on 11/05/2012

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Once a child outgrows a booster seat, he or she should continue riding in the back seat with a seat belt until around age 13. However, some passenger safety organizations such as SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. suggest children should keep riding in the back seat until they are ready to drive themselves. Most states don’t have a specific age for children to ride in the front seat of a vehicle, but many recommend for children to ride in the back seat as long as possible. Airbags are designed for the average adult male who weighs approximately 165 pounds. They can’t provide adequate protection for children who are significantly smaller. States will have other specific child restraint laws and laws that spell out the use of a car seat.

Listed below are the current law enforcements regarding children riding in the front seat.

Alabama



all children 12 and under are required to ride in the back seat



Alaska



children 13 and under must be in the back seat



Arizona



recommended children 12 and under ride in the back seat



Arkansas



recommended all children ride in back seat



California



no law



Colorado



no law



Connecticut



no law



Delaware



all children under the age of 12 must be in the back seat



Florida



no law



Georgia



children 6 and under in the back seat



Hawaii



no law



Idaho



no law



Illinois



no law



Indiana



no law



Iowa



6 and older can ride in front seat



Kansas



over 8 can ride in front seat



Kentucky



children 7 years and older can wear seat belt in front seat



Louisiana



children 6 and above can ride in front seat



Maine



children less than 12 years of age and less than 100 pounds in the back seat



Maryland



recommended all kids under 16 ride in back seat



Massachusetts



12 and under must ride in back seat



Michigan



no law



Minnesota



under the age of 13 should sit in the rear of a vehicle



Mississippi



no law



Missouri



no law



Montana



no law



Nebraska



no law



Nevada



children under the age of 12 need to be properly restrained in the back seat



New Hampshire



no law



New Jersey



children younger than 8 must ride in the rear seat



New Mexico



no law



New York



no law



North Carolina



no law



North Dakota



no law



Ohio



children under the age of 12 must be in the back seat



Oklahoma



no law



Oregon



no law



Pennsylvania



recommended that children 12 and under ride in the back seat



Rhode Island



7 and older can ride in the front seat



South Carolina



children under 6 years old cannot ride in the front seat



South Dakota



no law



Tennessee



no law



Texas



no law



Utah



no law



Vermont



no law



Virginia



no law



Washington



children under 13 should be in the back seat



West Virginia



no law



Wisconsin



no law



Wyoming



children 9 and younger must be in back seat



Washington DC



no law



Other than these laws, it is up to the parent to decide what is best. I hope this helps :) good luck

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Summer - posted on 06/09/2013

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I have to admit that my 8yr old rides up front with me when it's just us and my daughter to prevent fighting between them (they both have anger issues/disabilities so it gets violent fast). I have to mention though, he is the size of a 12yr old, 118lbs, 4'9" tall. We've talked it over with some of his doctors and they agree he's big enough, at least until we can afford a van so we can keep them separated, but still in the back.

Frené - posted on 11/19/2012

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I was in the same boat, all I could do was pray that my child will be safe when daddy drove. Spain also has the law no under 13's in the front seat (which my x pointed out to me, although he allowed our son since age 6 to be in the front seat!). I allowed my son on his 13th birthday to move to the front, although we live in SA. X ignored all my requests, warnings, safety tips...and all my son said, he's with daddy and has to listen to him! Thankfully they never were in an accident, but my heart pumped seriously every time my son was with his dad (one week/one week living arrangement)! Best of luck to you, often men don't think about these hazards!

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