It is legal in NC for a child to ride in the front seat:
If the child is age 5 or older, OR
If the child weighs at least 40 pounds, OR
If the vehicle does not have an active passenger side air bag, OR
If the vehicle does not have a rear seat where the child restraint can be installed. Note however, that children in rear facing child safety seats should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side air bag. The child will be seriously injured or killed if there is a crash and the air bag deploys.
- Best practice is to leave the kids in the back seat until 12.
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