How old does a child have to be to sit in the front seat of a car?

Amy - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 102 moms have responded )

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She is 6 and still rides in the back in a booster seat but she wants to sit up in the front of the car with me.

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The CDC recommends no one under the age of 13 ride in the front seat. Legally, there is no age limit, but the child should be at least 4ft 9in tall.
My son is 5 and started asking me to ride in the front earlier this year. I told him that only adults and teenagers could ride in the front, so he can ride there when he is 13. That has stopped the questions for now :)

Also, if she likes being able to see and talk to you, try moving her booster seat to the center of the back seat (should be a high back booster, not a backless to be in the middle) and getting the little mirror that clips to the rear view--That's what I did for Jake and he is very happy.

Michelle - posted on 06/28/2010

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I do believe it is 12 is most places. The airbags are not safe for children.

JoAnn - posted on 03/31/2011

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I don't have air. How old does a child have to be to sit in the front seat? Can my 9 year old sit up front? He is 4' 4" and 74lbs.

Suzanne - posted on 07/21/2010

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How old does a child have to be to sit in the front seat of a car?

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It may be a state thing in CT there is no law, your air bag is the problem. If you have an air bag she should be 12 or 100lbs. With no airbag or a disabled airbag your child can sit in the front seat of the car.

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