When can my child sit in the front seat Edmonton AB
Transporting your family from point A to point B may in fact be one of the most popular uses for a vehicle. In fact, one of the most important parts of any parent’s lives is likely the day they bring their child home from the hospital. In that case, your vehicle needs to be reliable and in good condition. That means safety first.
From the very beginning, it’s important for your vehicle to be safe. No one goes around thinking, wow, I sure hope my vehicle is less safe than anyone else’s. In terms of keeping your family safe, one of the most popular and discussed questions is when can my child sit in the front seat Edmonton AB?
In Edmonton, there are no laws regarding children who have outgrown their child booster seat and are at least 6-years-old or weigh less than 18 kg. That means if your child is seven years-old, or weighs more than 18 kg, legally, there are no restrictions as far as seating goes.
However, it is important to note that seatbelts are made to fit adults. If your child is not adult-size or if the belt is not properly fitting them, they should still be sitting in the back seat of the vehicle. Another risk of sitting up front is being small enough for the airbag to seriously injure the child in the front seat. It is recommended that your child should not sit in the front seat unless their knees bend over the edge of the seat and their feet touch the ground when sitting all the way back in the seat.
Parents who do not have their child properly restrained can face a fine of up to $115 in Alberta. In Alberta, it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure anyone younger than 16 is buckled up properly.
There are a variety of workshops and resources for parents who aren’t sure what the best seating arrangement would be for their family. Keep your family safe this summer and use your best judgement.