What is the law about children in front seat?

Did you know that auto accidents are the top killer of children? In a lot of cases, children who die in these accidents are not properly buckled in. Many of these deaths can be prevented through proper usage of seat belts and child safety seats.

Once a child outgrows a booster seat, he or she should continue riding in the back seat with a seat belt until around age 13. However, some passenger safety organizations such as SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. suggest children should keep riding in the back seat until they are ready to drive themselves.

Most states don’t have a specific age for children to ride in the front seat of a vehicle, but many recommend for children to ride in the back seat as long as possible. Airbags are designed for the average adult male who weighs approximately 165 pounds. They can’t provide adequate protection for children who are significantly smaller.

States will have other specific child restraint laws and laws that spell out the use of a car seat.

Listed below are the current law enforcements regarding children riding in the front seat.

Alabama all children 12 and under are required to ride in the back seat
Alaska children 13 and under must be in the back seat
Arizona recommended children 12 and under ride in the back seat
Arkansas recommended all children ride in back seat
California no law
Colorado no law
Connecticut no law
Delaware all children under the age of 12 must be in the back seat
Florida no law
Georgia children 6 and under in the back seat
Hawaii no law
Idaho no law
Illinois no law
Indiana no law
Iowa 6 and older can ride in front seat
Kansas over 8 can ride in front seat
Kentucky children 7 years and older can wear seat belt in front seat
Louisiana children 6 and above can ride in front seat
Maine children less than 12 years of age and less than 100 pounds in the back seat
Maryland recommended all kids under 16 ride in back seat
Massachusetts 12 and under must ride in back seat
Michigan no law
Minnesota under the age of 13 should sit in the rear of a vehicle
Mississippi no law
Missouri no law
Montana no law
Nebraska no law
Nevada children under the age of 12 need to be properly restrained in the back seat
New Hampshire no law
New Jersey children younger than 8 must ride in the rear seat
New Mexico no law
New York no law
North Carolina no law
North Dakota no law
Ohio children under the age of 12 must be in the back seat
Oklahoma no law
Oregon no law
Pennsylvania recommended that children 12 and under ride in the back seat
Rhode Island 7 and older can ride in the front seat
South Carolina children under 6 years old cannot ride in the front seat
South Dakota no law
Tennessee no law
Texas no law
Utah no law
Vermont no law
Virginia no law
Washington children under 13 should be in the back seat
West Virginia no law
Wisconsin no law
Wyoming children 9 and younger must be in back seat
Washington DC no law

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by scottyvon on March 14th, 2010

    MA law states 12 and under ride in back seat. Airbags are designed for the average adult male who weighs approximately 165 pounds.

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