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How old should kids have to be to sit in the front seat of a car in Ohio?

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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.

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Ohio safety laws require that children under 8 years old or shorter than 4 feet and 11 inches tall must ride in a booster seat, according Safe Kids of Central Ohio, based on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children between 8 and 15 years of age must wear a seat belt if not secured by a booster seat, including the shoulder belt when it fits the child correctly.

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