A lot of people think it is a good idea for their kids to sit in the front passenger seat of a car while they are on a drive. This is wrong. If your child is younger than 13 years, and is not big enough for the front passenger seat, then you should put them at the back seat. Babies below 1 year should be in a car seat facing the rear of the car. From 1-4 years, they can face anywhere that is convenient for them. 4-7 year olds should use a forward-facing car seat, then they can use a booster seat until age 13, when seat belts are good enough for them. Furthermore, you should factor in the kids’ height and growth level when putting them in car seats.
If you think your kids are safe to sit in the front passenger seat of your car, then consider that
YOUR AIRBAGS MAY NOT DEPLOY
The front passenger seats of most cars have a weight sensor that turn on the front passenger airbag if it registers a weight of up to 30kg. If you have a kid weighing 20kg, for example, the airbag will not deploy, and this means that in the event of a crash your child could be thrown right through the windscreen.
THE AIRBAG MAY INJURE OR KILL THE KID
If the passenger seat reads the child’s weight as sufficient, it would deploy. However, most airbags are designed for adults. This means that when they deploy, your child might get suffocated or seriously injured.
THE SEAT BELT WON’T FIT THEM
Seat belts are designed for adults, so they wouldn’t fit on a little child. It would probably injure them rather than save them.
THE KIDS CAN FIDDLE AROUND AND DISTRACT THE DRIVER
This is a major characteristic of little kids – they love to play. Sitting in the front seat of a car wouldn’t stop most kids from doing what they want. So they would always look for something to touch and pay with. This could be the gear lever or the controls or something else. Of course this would be a big distraction to the driver.
THERE’S NO CHILD LOCK ON THE FRONT DOORS
When your kids are at the backseat of your car, it is easy to keep the doors locked yourself, through the child lock feature. However, this is not possible on the front doors.