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Old 04-28-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: midwest
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Is it just me or are they really confusing?

Ok, I have a son, age 8, 4'8" tall, and weighs 72 lbs.

Is it legal for him to ride in the front of my car? If not, when?

And btw, my car does not have a way to manually turn off the passenger side airbag that I am aware of.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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He must be in a size-appropriate booster seat, but I think he can ride in the front seat. It's dangerous for small children (or even my 4'9" grandmother) to ride in the front seat, so if I were you I'd keep him sitting in his booster in the back seat.
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Table Rock Lake
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Default The law...

Missouri car seat safety laws require children under age four and under 40 pounds to ride in a federally approved child car seat that is appropriate for the child's age and size. Children ages 4 through 7 who weigh more than 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds or are not at least 4'9" tall must ride in an appropriate child car seat or booster seat. Children ages 8 to 18 must wear a seat belt. Missouri law also prohibits children under age 18 from riding in an unenclosed truck bed.
It doesn't specify front or back, but I am with aragx6, that he shouldn't be in the front seat....

Hope this helps!

Last edited by Darlynn0217; 04-30-2008 at 08:50 AM.. Reason: additional wisdom??
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Table Rock Lake
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Default More recommendations..

Here is something to consider as well...

Missouri Seat Belt and Car Seat Laws (http://www.infant-car-seats.com/states/car-seats-laws-Missouri.html - broken link)
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Fontana, California
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My sister-in-law is about 25 years old. She is only about 4'8" also. I wish I had a nickel for every time I told her to get a booster so she can see over her steering wheel. My brother say's she's not allowed to wear orange because she's constantly mistaken for a road cone. We might find her at some construction site one day just sitting with all the other road cones eating taco bell. LOL!
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:49 AM
 
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May I put infant in an approved car seat in the front seat of vehicle without air bag?
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:25 AM
 
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I find it ironic now that cars are safer than EVER, we're to put big kids in car seats. I can't imagine as a first or second grader having to ride in a booster seat. Seems redundant.... Why do cars have air bags, seat belts, brakes that stop themselves, collision detectors, and all these other safety feature if we're still required to put big kids in a car seat?
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:54 AM
 
Location: STL area
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Forget the laws and use safest practice. The laws are not adequate.

No front seat until 12-13. When the head:body proportion is that of an adult. Head heavy can lead to more severe injuries in a crash.

Booster seat until 4'9" or they pass the 5 step test. Boosters Are For Big Kids

5 point harness until 4-5/at least 40 lbs

Rear face until at least 2
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:55 AM
 
Location: STL area
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Originally Posted by 2000_Watts View Post
I find it ironic now that cars are safer than EVER, we're to put big kids in car seats. I can't imagine as a first or second grader having to ride in a booster seat. Seems redundant.... Why do cars have air bags, seat belts, brakes that stop themselves, collision detectors, and all these other safety feature if we're still required to put big kids in a car seat?
Because seat belts are not designed to fit kids. They are designed to fit adults. All booster seats do is make the seatbelt fit correctly.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: St. Louis City
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The laws might be confusing, and since they change every few years, you should contact your pediatrician for the most current info. Our pediatrician goes over seat belt/car seat rules at every annual check up. If yours isn't, bring it up yourself or get a new pediatrician. And similar to what SLT74 wrote above, the last I heard was no front seat until the age of 13 (if the car has a front passenger airbag).
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