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Child Safety Experts Recommend that Parents Wait to Put Children in a Front Seat – Maryland Child Passenger Safety Law

By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Maryland and other States, parents often question when a child should be allowed to be placed in a the front seat of a vehicle. In answering this question, parents should look at the State law and also look at what safety experts recommend. Just because a particular action does not violate State law does not necessarily mean that it is safe for children. For instance, the Maryland Child Passenger Safety Law does not prohibit the placement of children in the front seat of a passenger vehicle except for infants or toddlers in seats that are rear facing. Regardless of the law in Maryland and other States, some safety experts recommend that parents hold off on placing children in the front seat until they are 13 or older. The timing or age to put a child in the front seat can also depend on the size of the child as well. Some 12 year old children are undersized and should be kept in the back seat for their safety. You can read more about Maryland’s law and comments of safety experts at Putting a Child in the Front Seat – Maryland Law and Advice from a Safety Expert.

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