The concern is that a child cannot sustain the injuries to their internal organs (liver, kidneys, spleen, etc), which can be irreversibly injured in a head on or front impact …crash. based on the current technologies, e.g. air bags and seat belts the child should weigh at least 110 to 115 lbs and be at least 5'0" tall in order to survive the impact of a crash Recommended age is 12 or older... that's the recommended age from what i looked up and have seen ** That's what the DMV said ** child may not ride in the front seat of an airbag-equipped vehicle if the child: .
Is under one year of age. .
Weighs less than 20 pounds. .
Is riding in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system. Children ages six and older but less than 16 and children under age six who weigh more than 60 pounds, must be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt which meets federal safety standards. ** B-rad ** (MORE)