when is it ok to have kids sit in the front sit of a car??

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Dawn - posted on 02/21/2009

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My car has a weight detector in the seat - the airbag goes off if the weight of the person in the seat weights less than 100 lbs (I think).



So, what about trucks with only one seat?

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2009

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There is no given age anymore, it's all size limits and a lot of them vary by state.

Julie - posted on 05/04/2012

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The weight matters because if you were small and you crashed you would fly out of he seatbelt and height matters because if you were little and an air bag came out it is most likely to hit your head and airbags give really bad bruises and I would recommend you keep your 11 year old in the back until he/she is 12

Debbie - posted on 02/21/2009

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In the UK it goes by the childs height/age.  If they are less than 134cms/11 years of age they cannot go in the front. 

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Melissa - posted on 02/22/2009

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When they can see out the windscreen without the aide of a child seat, generally around 12yrs old.

Brande - posted on 02/22/2009

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my 10 year old is 5'3" 115-120lbs. he rides in the front whenever his dad isn't with us. otherwise i squish him in the back with his sisters. he just turned 10 in dec. so depending on the size i think the rest is up to you. i had the same predicament with him being so big so early. since we have downsized cars, it is hard for us to fit all 3 kids in the back since he is not typical of his age for size. if it's your daughter in the pic, i think she would be fine. but that is your safety call and i am sure plenty of moms will be mad at me, but they may not have the larger sized kids. he is honestly mistaken for a teenager reguarly.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2009

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Hey everyone,



     I decided to let my son sit in the front seat when he hit 70 lbs. He sits fine up front. We have a Trailblazer and like a lot of people have stated is that the light will either go off or stay on depending on the weight of the child for the air bag. Obviously, I would not put my son at risk for any reason. But I feel that he is old enough. I was his age when my mom let us sit up front. So, it was just time. When you as a parent feel comfortable with it, then it's fine. Also, it depends on the state you live in. I'm a military wife... and on base and it's fine that my son be in the front seat. But my son also looks and is bigger than his age, gotta love genetics. LOL! Hope this helps.



 



 



-Jennifer

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2009

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In Canada they can sit in the front seat at any age I believe. ( as long as the air bag can be turned off)  I don't put any of my kids in the front but when my youngest was about 12 months old she fell and smashed her face on the wall and we had to take her to emergency. This happened at a friends house so we were able to leave my oldest (5 at the time) at that friends while we went to emergency. Well after bring there for hours and my 1 year old being in extreme pain I had asked the doctor about my oldest being able to sit up front on the way home so I could sit in the back to comfort my youngest and he told me that as long as her booster seat could go up front and that there were no air bags. My truck has that air bag sensor thing and they only go on if there is more than 100lbs.



Now I am about to have a 3rd baby next week and am not 100% sure if all 3 carseats will fit in the back and of they don't I don't know what I am going to do because it was one thing to let my oldest sit up front on that rare occasion but as a full time thing I don't think I am comfortable with that.

Dawn - posted on 02/21/2009

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I don't get the whole weight thing.  Your weight is not what helps the seat belt fit you best its your height.  What about a kid that's super short and old enough???? 



Makes no sense to me.  My daughter is almost 8 and super tall for her age.  She sits taller than me in a booster seat. 



In my opinion, it should be about height instead of weight.  And age???  What's the point in that?

Jenny - posted on 02/21/2009

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i don't think it's a good idea until they are at least 10...in most states i think the age is 12. There are some vehicles that you can turn off the air bag in the front seat, most are trucks. ...they are safest in the back.

Angie - posted on 02/21/2009

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Quoting Becky:



Quoting Lynn:

yup. I have always heard 12 years old. But i have also heard at least 90 lbs. How do anorexics legally drive?






Hahahahah.....sorry I don't have any help, I just thought this was hilarious.






LOL  Most cars suggest the person in the front seat be 5'3" and 125 pounds.  I am 5'3/4" and weight 112 pounds.  Yet another reason my husband or son "have" to drive on long trips ;)

Becky - posted on 02/21/2009

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Quoting Lynn:

yup. I have always heard 12 years old. But i have also heard at least 90 lbs. How do anorexics legally drive?



Hahahahah.....sorry I don't have any help, I just thought this was hilarious.

Megan - posted on 02/21/2009

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I see a little girl that goes to school with my daughter in the front seat everywhere they go.  She is only in 5 or  6 years old and looks to be way under 40 lbs.  I just think its wrong when parents let small ones up front.  If they need a booster seat they should be in the back seat.

Phyllis - posted on 02/21/2009

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that is all the advice that I figured already....it's a tough call for us cuz our daughter is big for age(10 yrs), but over 100lbs..the seat belt fits like an adult and she is not in danger of the airbag. Plus when she rides with her dad it's in his pickup which only has a front seat so she doesn't see the difference! Can't find any info on the exact law in Iowa to use as my leverage to keep her in back more then because I say so!!

Adrienne - posted on 02/21/2009

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Here in NC, I think it's 12 years old or 100 lbs. As for our kids, I know my daughter's not gonna put on another 15 lbs before May when she turns 12, so she'll just have to deal with riding in the back with her brothers for a while longer!



The only exception is if you have a truck with only front seats, or with side-facing seats in the back. In that case, kids can ride in the front seat as long as they're in the proper carseat and the airbag (if there is one) is disabled. Carseats don't work the way they're supposed to if they're used in side-facing seats.



Hope this helps answer your question!

Lynn - posted on 02/21/2009

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air bag or no air bag, if the seat belt doesnt fit right, they in an danger.

Brande - posted on 02/21/2009

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i forgot about the airbag shut off thing in lots of new cars. i have that too, it's how i decided to let my son sit in front, the light didn't go off, so i knew he was big enough:)

Ermelinda - posted on 02/21/2009

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me as a parent I will not sit none of my kids in front unless the sit belt fit like an adult, I have a 18yrs old, 13yrs and 5yrs old and he sit in a booster seat, in the back always, and also depend on weight, but to be safe sit kids in the back, Good Luck!

Brande - posted on 02/21/2009

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when they are big enough to not be hurt if the air bag goes off. it is a battle in our car because i know have 2 that could and 1 that can't so now we go with the biggest.



 

Lynn - posted on 02/21/2009

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yup. I have always heard 12 years old. But i have also heard at least 90 lbs. How do anorexics legally drive?

User - posted on 02/21/2009

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Heidi is right, it does depend on the state. A safe bet, however (what the majority of state's have adopted), 12 years of age and at least 100 pounds.

Heidi - posted on 02/21/2009

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It probably depends on the state you live in. In Maine it's against the law for anyone under the age of 12 to sit in the front seat.

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