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Child Front Seat Safety Laws In Alabama

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Safety on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 8:00 am
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Do you have kids that are eager to move up to the front seat of the car? Before they start calling shotgun, make sure they meet the age, height, and weight requirements for safe travel. Learn more about Alabama front seat safety laws below.

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At What Age Can Your Kids Sit In The Front Seat Of A Car?

family smiling in the carWhile many states have laws in place that prevent kids from sitting in the front seat of a car until a certain age, it’s really all about their current height and weight. Before riding in the front, they need to be tall enough and large enough that the front seat belt fits them properly – like it would fit an adult.

Current Height and Weight Requirements

The height and weight requirements for a child to ride in the front seat of a car vary by state and often change due to updated safety standards. Before allowing your child to ride in the front seat of a car, consult with your local law enforcement professional or car seat inspection professional for up-to-date information. However, the general goal is to not move children into the front seat of a car until they can properly wear a seat belt. In Alabama, children must outgrow their booster seat, be able to sit comfortably in the vehicle with their back against the seatback and their feet on the floor, have the seat belt fit correctly, and be over the age of 13 before they are legally allowed to ride in the front seat. Even if the law permits that your child can ride in the front seat, it’s still safer to keep them in back for as long as possible.

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Find more automotive safety tips on the Serra Toyota blog and be sure to stop by our dealership for an upgrade if your family vehicle is getting a little crowded as your kids are getting older!

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