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At what age can a child sit in the front seat of an automobile?

Mike Voorheis

According to N.C. law, children less than age 5 and less than 40 pounds must sit in the back seat of any vehicle with passenger-side airbags.

Safety organizations, though, advise leaving kids in the back until they are 12 or 13. And children who are under 80 pounds should still sit in booster seats, even if they do sit in the front.

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NOTE: This 2014 answer replaces an earlier MyReporter answer on the topic.


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Are there preschool programs in New Hanover County schools for children who miss the cutoff?



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One Response to “ At what age can a child sit in the front seat of an automobile?”

  1. On May 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm Tricia Korie wrote:

    Seriously, though. My 6 year old sister sometimes sits in the front and she is under 80 pounds without a booster seat! Plus, she is always safe. You should rethink this guys!

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