According to the Centers for Disease Control, the recommended height for children to be able to sit in the front seat of a car is 57 inches tall, or 4 feet 9 inches. Some states, such as New York, permit children to sit in any seat with a booster seat.
Seat belts are designed to fit properly at a minimum height of 57 inches. A seat belt fits correctly when the belt is on the thighs rather than the stomach, and the shoulder belt lies on the chest instead of the neck. The CDC recommends that children sit in the rear seat even after reaching 57 inches.Learn More
According to Nationwide Children's, children should not ride in the front seat if under 13 years old. By law, children under 4 years old and weighing 40 pounds or less must ride in a safety seat.Full Answer >
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children under 12 years of age should not ride in the front seat. As the CDC explains, air bags can hurt and kill young children.Full Answer >
Children older than 13 can ride in the front seat of a car with airbags. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, younger children are at risk for injury during the deployment of airbags and should sit in the backseat.Full Answer >
As of 2014, if the car contains a front passenger air bag, a child can ride in the front seat if he is no longer using a rearward-facing car seat. These seats are used until a child is 9 to 15 months old or weighs 22 to 29 pounds.Full Answer >