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When is the Right Time for Your Child to Ride in the Front Seat?

Here are some of the things that you will need to consider when you are preparing your child to sit in the front seat.

It is the standard in America for children to ride in the back seat of the car because that is the safest place for them. But there will eventually come a time for your child to make the big transition to sitting in the front seat. But how can you know when the right time is? Not every child will be ready at the same time because there are so many different factors that influence it. Here are some of the things that you will need to consider when you are preparing your child to sit in the front seat.


The recommended age for sitting in the backseat is for all children under thirteen. But even if your child is already older than thirteen years old, that doesn’t automatically mean that they should move to the front seat. Size, height, and weight are all important factors for making this decision. If your child still isn’t big enough to sit at the right height in the front seat, then you should give it more time. Most importantly, you should consult Maryland local laws for specific regulations.

Seat Belt

The main way that you can tell if your child has grown to the right size is by how the seatbelt fits. The cross strap of the seatbelt should always be able to go comfortably from a person’s left or right shoulder and across their body to their waist. A seatbelt is the first thing to protect someone in an impact because of how it catches you. If the seatbelt doesn’t fit correctly, then it will be too risky to put your child in the front seat.


One of the main reasons why you should be careful about letting your child sit in the front seat is that the airbag could hurt them. The average airbag can deploy with an excess of 100 PSI in force, which can easily injure a small child. 

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