When Should Your Child Sit in the Car’s Front Seat?

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“Shotgun!!”

Did you ever yell “shotgun” to sit in the front seat?  If your child asks to sit in the front, say “no” until they are 13 years old.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control warn that an airbag can kill a smaller child, and can injure a child under age 13.

So make sure that your child rides in the back seat until he or she reaches age 13.

–Janell Mayo Duncan

Sources:  Healthychildren.org, “Car Seats: Information for Families for 2013,” and  CDC “Passenger Safety”  http://www.cdc.gov/features/passengersafety  (Viewed 8/1/2013)

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