Riding in the front seat

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Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2000
Riding in the front seat
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Tue, 12-27-2011 - 8:48pm

What age do youlet your daughter to ride in the front seat???

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Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2000
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:01am

I have one of those!

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:00am

Also remember that if you have people sitting in the front seat they should not lean forward to get something off the floor when the car is in motion.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2007
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 4:01am

That's true, and really sitting in just about any way other than upright with your back against the seat is bad too. I was in a rear-end car accident a few years ago, and I instinctively leaned forward when I saw the other car coming in my rearview mirror. That pulled out the shoulder part of the seatbelt just enough to stop it from locking, and I ended up hitting my head on the steering wheel - ouch.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-24-2005
Sat, 01-28-2012 - 9:51pm

I'd like to add some little known information that applies to everyone.

Often you'll see people in the front passenger seat wearing their seat-belt they way they should but having the seat tilted back either resting or sleeping. Please remember that if there is a sudden and unexpected front-end impact that person won't be moved forward against the seat-belt as they would if they were in a normal sitting position but would have a tenancy to slide forward UNDER the seat-belt which would force the person's insides to be pushed up into their upper body. The seat-belt would also have a tendency to get hung up on the lower rib cage and do a lot of damage as the person slides further under the seat-belt. Get the picture?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2007
Sat, 01-28-2012 - 1:40pm
I think my daughter was 11. She was pretty much adult size at that point. I did make her keep the seat moved all the way back to minimize any risk from the air bag (actually I still do that now, and she's 13 and 5'7" tall).
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2002
Sat, 12-31-2011 - 9:06pm
DD aged nearly 12 doesn't normally ride in the front. I think she has done so twice. I don't know what the rules are here - I think it's based on height so it's not illegal for her to go in the front, just not advised.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2007
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 2:30pm
our state laws go by height and weight, but I can't find the exact details on the state dmv's website. SD10 isn't there just yet.
KRISTIE
Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 7:55am
Illinois does it by height not age. I probably did it earlier than I should have but had a huge van and you felt safer in there.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2000
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 9:43am

The age stated on the directions in my car says 12 years old..

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 12-28-2011 - 9:36pm
I think about fifth grade.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!