Can my child sit in front of a forward facing airbag?

Airbags have been designed to help protect adults in front-end collisions, but not children. It's very important that all children ages 12 and under or less than 5 feet tall be properly restrained in the back seat. If a child must ride in the front seat of the car, the front airbag must be turned off. (See your vehicle owner’s manual) 

  • the child must be properly restrained, in a restraint system that is correct for the size of the child: a front-facing car seat, a booster seat, or a lap / shoulder belt.  
  • Never put a rear-facing infant in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with an active passenger-side airbag.

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1. What is the best car seat for my child?
2. Where in my vehicle should I place a car seat?
3. Can my child sit in front of a forward facing airbag?
4. I received a used car seat from a relative or friend, can I use it?
5. Should I bring my child to child safety seat event or an appointment?
6. Where can I find more information about car seats?