When Can Kids Sit in Front Seat in NY?

Different states have different laws regarding when a child can sit in the front seat. Many states have laws based on height, weight or age so it is important to check the law in your state.

New York State does not have a law preventing kids from sitting in the front seat but it is highly recommended that all kids 12 and under ride properly restrained in the back seat.

The child passenger safety law in NY states that children must be at least 4 feet 9 inches in order to use the vehicle’s seat belt. If your child has outgrown their child safety seat but is too small to use an adult seat belt safely, he must use a booster seat.

Car Seat Recommendations

  • To maximize your child’s safety, keep him in the car seat for as long as possible, until the child reaches the height and weight requirements set by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Your child should ride in the back seat at least through age 12.
  • Keep your child in a booster seat until he is big enough to fit in an adult safety belt properly. The seat belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and across the upper thighs
  • The shoulder belt should not be under your child’s arms or behind his back. If the shoulder belt does not fit properly, he may need to use a belt-positioning booster seat.