Booster Seats/Sitting in the Car's Front Seat

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I'm curious if others allow their kids to occassionally sit in the front seat. Seriously, be honest! My 6 year old is always seatbelted in his booster seat in the back seat. But the other day I had to switch out cars from the garage, and move them to across the street in the cul-de-sac. My son jumped in the front seat for the ride across the street. But like I said, he's always in his booster seat in the back, seatbelted. However I have been more and more aware on the road now and noticed that other small kids do sit in the front seat. I've seen the booster seats in the front seat. He's very tall for his age and in Kindergarten, but my state does not even have booster seat laws so there are times in my mom's car, with my nephews, that he's in the middle spot of the car and a booster doesn't fit. The light-weight nephew gets it. So who does allow their kids in the front seat of the car?

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Karyn - posted on 03/27/2011

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Never never never, it is against the law where I am for under 12 to be inthe front but WHY WHY WHY take the chance?????????? Life can be lost in the fraction of a second, even driving around the block. My kids know, in the back & buckle up.

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Never, ever do I let the kids sit up front (just for a visit, if we're parked). There's a sign clearly posted by the manufacturer of my car which states the airbag alone could kill them. Accidents happen, which I why I keep my kids in the back, in their big-kid 5-point-harnesses, even though two of them are technically heavy enough for a booster. Safety first.

Doris - posted on 03/27/2011

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Nope, never not once boy have I wanted to! My daughter is almost 5 feet (she's 80 lbs tOo which I think is the weight minimum in MA) @ 6 yrs old and I still can't bring myself to let her sit in the front.

Christy - posted on 03/27/2011

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Dangerous full stop.
Why bother?
If you're worried about safety at al you'd always have them in the back!
The safest place apart from the driver in a crash is behind the driver - why are you worrying about such a silly thing?

Kelly - posted on 03/27/2011

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my sons 7 and he sometimes sits in front in a booster as well as sometimes sitting in the back without one. he too is very tall for his age.

Kristy - posted on 03/27/2011

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BTW it's NOT degrading for an 8 yr old to be in a booster..my son is in 2nd grade and him and all his friends are in them when we go on field trips, it's a requirement or u dont go on the trip... it's that simple!

Terri - posted on 03/27/2011

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It depends on the age of the child. My car has a statement that the airbag can be fatal for kids under 12. My 18 yr old daughter had one go off in an accident and it was really scary. She had all sorts of abrasions from it. No way would I let anyone under 12 sit in the front seat of my car, booster or not.

Kristy - posted on 03/27/2011

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Exactly my thought Teresa, sounds like just making excuses,as if it's soo hard to strap them in to keep them safe, just lazy if you ask me.. my sister did that with her kids, they were out of 5point harness by age 3 and i thought she was crazy...if she'd lived near me i would have reported her but she lives halfway across the country from me... but u dont take a chance on your child's life!

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How does a 2 year old kick themselves out of a car seat?



That's a pretty crappy seat or a freakishly strong 2 year old if that is happening.....



There isn't anything my son can even reach that could get him into trouble. What are they doing? Planning to conquer the world since Mommy can't see their faces. lol

Kristy - posted on 03/27/2011

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NEVER!! A child under age of 12 should ALWAYS be in the back and in a booster until 4ft9in, age 8 and over 60lbs.. at least here in California that's the law!! Kids are ALWAYS safer in the back!



As for the child rear-facing till age 3 or 30 lbs... TOTALLY worth it, I had my daughter facing that way until she was 3, and even then she was 29lbs, so I waited until she was 3 1/2 and 35lbs... they can't do anything if they are strapped into a 5 point harness she was perfectly fine and never did anything, and she is a very very outgoing child who gets into everything!! I say keep them rear-facing as long as possible for their safety!

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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I can't imagine my 1 year old being rear facing to tell the truth. He's too mischievous.

Sue - posted on 03/27/2011

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Have you read the latest guide lines on car seats and booster seats? Up to 2 years old in 'rear facing' car seats. Twelve years old to ride in the front seat. Oh yea here's a good one... Also up to age 12 in a booster seat. What parent can trust and reach a 2 y/o when facing the rear of the car. They can easily kick themselves out of the seat. Also what 12 y/o will sit in a booster seat. Thank heaven my kids are older and do not need boosters.

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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Mine is so annoying. I just drive down the street for milk and put it on the front seat and it starts going off as I drive out of Foodworks!

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Emma.... I know someone who has that sensor (the air bag one) in their seat. I'M light enough that the air bag turns off half the time.....

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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lol heidi a bottle of milk and my handbag sets off the 'put your seatbelt on' sensor thing.

Brenda - posted on 03/27/2011

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If you have airbags in the front seat, you should absolutely NOT let your young child ride in the front seat. A deployed airbag will kill a child. My van instructions say no children under 12 in the front seat so my tall daughter will not ride in the front until she is 12.

Tania - posted on 03/27/2011

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Jenny that story reminds me out my family's cross country adventure. When I was 5 and my sister was 3 we drove from Ottawa to Edmonton in a Volkswagen Rabbit with a trailor hitched to the back. The back seat was put down and my sister and I played Barbies on a blacket while my Dad drove. Imagine that happening now.

Heidi - posted on 03/27/2011

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My children are all over 10, but they NEVER sat in the front until they were way out of a booster seat. They were 10 before I would let them sit in the front. My passenger air bag has a sensor and if they don't weigh a certain amount it does not activate the air bag.

Shirley - posted on 03/27/2011

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I allowed my daughter in the front seat from being about 6, as long as its not rear facing it ok. Young children shouldnt use a lap belt(the middle seat in the back) They should go in the front and the adult use the lap belt, im not sure if your mums car has a lap belt or a proper seat belt though!

Audrey - posted on 03/26/2011

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my kids are always in the back.except when my son was a baby all we had was a regular cab truck so there was no other option. and i guess i used to take him down the lane in the front seat to get the mail(we lived in the country on a dirt road). other than that though, they will be in the backseat til they are 8 or so. as for the driving thing, we live in rural missouri and everyone has known how to drive since they were like 8. if they werent driving the farm truck, they were driving tractors, helping their dad hay or they were in the combine with him. of course, they didnt let their kids drive on the roads til they were like 12 or 13.

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I jsut don't understand why parents are in such a rush to get their kids to sit in the front seat IF there is room for them in the back seat. Even the older kids, 7 and older who are on the bigger side-outgrown a booster seat. Keep them in the back seat as long as possible! Seriously, what's the rush?

Isobel - posted on 03/26/2011

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my post made no sense...I meant so long as they are in a car seat.

it is definitely common practice...but it's not the law.

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011

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Laws vary by where you live. That may well be the law where you live, but not where I do.

Manon - posted on 03/26/2011

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Law states they need to be in a car seat till 7. The new laws are coming in the end of this year or next year for children to be in seats till 9.
I wouldn't put a child in front seat till they are 10.

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011

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I also used to ride in the back of a pickup truck... It was the most fun! But honestly, no more, and I won't allow my children to either. There were several of us in the back of a pickup when I was in high school. The driver was crossing a busy street, going from one parking lot to the one on the other side. He accelerated, the tailgate popped open and I fell; the only thing that kept me in was my friend being super fast and grabbing my foot and pulling me back. If I had finished falling, I would have been on my head with oncoming traffic who had no way to stop in time. The tailgate was secure; we don't know how or why it just fell that time. That was the end of riding in the back.

Isobel - posted on 03/26/2011

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For the record...it's not against the law to let children ride in the front seat in Ontario so long as they are in the back seat in Ontario.

I'm pretty sure it is a recommendation not law...the only place in North America I can find where it IS law is California.

I've been searching everywhere cause my husband and I had an argument about it the other day...he seems to be of the impression that it was against the law when WE were kids.

and yes...I rode in the back of many pick ups when I was a kid ;)

Jenny - posted on 03/26/2011

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I rode in the back of trucks for most of my childhood. We travelled from southern BC to the Alaskan border once laying in sleeping bags in the back of my Grandpa's station wagon. It would never fly now of course but we sure had fun back there.

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Me too Sharon! When I was 14 a 10 year old friend of mine died from falling out of the back of a truck. It was on a dirt road. He was sitting, but as the driver went around the corner... he fell out (no one is really sure HOW it happened) and hit the back of his head on a rock. I literally still cringe every time I see someone of any age riding in the back of a truck... and it's been 20 years. :(

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Someone commented about kids riding in the back of an open pick-up truck. Now THAT upsets me, yet it is perfectly legal here. And on the highway! But if there is a single bench seat and all the seats are taken up, I've seen kids in the back of a pick-up. I suppose my son does drive already-my dad's golf-cart! He lives in a 55+ neighbrohood and everyone drives around in golf-carts. It's just so much fun!

Amy - posted on 03/26/2011

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I was smaller too. I keep thinking....if they keep upping the booster weight and height, I"LL be in one now!

Maybe they should just build cars out of heavy metal again and get them more miles to the gallon. I KNOW that's possible. Safer cars seems like it makes more sense than car seats that provide them some plastic protection. Could be wrong, it just makes sense to me though.

Deb - posted on 03/26/2011

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Some of the laws for booster seats are a little overboard. Kids here have to be in seats until they are 80 lbs. I am very small--4'11"--when I graduated from high school I weighed 89 lbs!!! At that rate I would have had to use a booster to drive! or better yet on a date! LOL

Amy - posted on 03/26/2011

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At 14 you can drive around here - well, if you're on the farm and have your special license for it. I think it depends on the state you live in and what the laws are. But I know I had tons of friends driving around farm equipment at that age - earlier then. I think they bumped the age up. Used to be 12 or something.

Not that it has much to do with boosters or anything.

Bonnie - posted on 03/26/2011

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I see nothing wrong with them starting the engine of a car. It's fun for them. As long as they know that it is not to be done when Mommy and Daddy are not in the car.

Stifler's - posted on 03/26/2011

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I learned to drive at 11. In the drive way. I see no reason for little kids to sit in the front unless they're in a ute (what Americans would call a pickup truck.. whatever).

Jenn - posted on 03/26/2011

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There have been studies that show that the front seat is actually SAFER when the airbags are turned off.

Jenn - posted on 03/26/2011

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You're WRONG Eliazabeth - it is NOT against the law in Ontario - that's where I live. It is only a suggestion - NOT a law.

Amy - posted on 03/26/2011

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My kids "drive" from the house to the pond all the time at grandma's - not on a road though. Stone driveway back to it. Even sit in the back of daddy's truck with me sometimes. Some things are fun and not dangerous if done right and cautiously.

What does one do for a truck though? I'm lucky our truck has extended cab thing and back seats are really roomy. BUT....what do you do if you only have a truck? It's legal to have them in the front for a truck simply because there's no where else to go, but in a car, what if it's full of other car seats? Just wondering. My kids are both always in the back when actually going somewhere though.

Jenn - posted on 03/26/2011

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My son does sit in the front seat if I have all the kids because we have no choice - our vehicle doesn't have room for more than 4 people - so it's me in the driver's seat, my girls in the back, and my son in the front. It's not against the law, but IS recommended that they stay in the back seat until age 12 or 13 (can't remember exactly). I've even been through a ride check like that, and the cop just checked that they were all buckled in, then smiled and told me to have a nice day.

Stifler's - posted on 03/26/2011

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Here they have to be in a booster car seat thing until 7 and not allowed in the front until 10 so I doubt it. Queensland police are more vigilant than people make out.

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My son knows how to turn the key and start the car too. Does that mean I let him drive! NO! I agree with Teresa, nothing illegal that says a kid can't turn a key to start a car. He also helps pump gas. Sitting in the front seat is something completely different than turning a key or pumping gas.

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STARTING the car is not illegal. Nor is it dangerous under adult supervison. Comparing someone starting the car to doing illegal drugs is rather moronic.....

Erica - posted on 03/25/2011

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can you please explain to me why you would think it is ok for a child that is still in a rear facing car seat to start or stop the car.....because he likes to is not a good enough reason!!! Would you let him do illegal drugs when he gets older "because he likes it?"

Tara - posted on 03/25/2011

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I don't understand why anyone would put their child at risk like that - kids shouldn't be in the front seat at any time when the car is running - Airbags can kill them and it could go off by accident or from someone else driving into your car.
Letting your kids steer the car (which I have seen a TON at camping) or start the car for you will only make them think they know how to drive and may one day "borrow" the car before they are even in the double digits.
Here kids have to be in a booster seat away from the air bags until they are 8 yrs or 80lbs, I don't think that will do anything to their self respect, it is an inclusion thing, why would it bother them when all their friends are doing it to. As far as I am aware we don't have any exceptions for if they car is full, that is like saying it is alright to pile 10 kids in the car as long as all the seatbelts are used - if you can't safely transport a child why would you risk it?

Jenny - posted on 03/25/2011

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My kids are in the front often if they are in my partner's work truck. It only has a bench seat.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2011

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It's against the law in Ontario..no children under 12 in the front. Besides the airbag can kill your child ..they are very powerful.

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