Small children in two-seated vehicles

Each week, the Department of Motor Vehicles sends me important tidbits of information lifted from the California Driver Handbook. This week’s interesting Q-and-A snippet deals with children in two-seated vehicles. Read on: “Q: My car is a two-seater and my five-year-old niece is staying with me for the weekend. I know the law states that anyone under the age of six has to ride in the back seat of a car. Does the law still apply to me if I only have room for two people?” “A: A child under the age of six or weighing less than 60 pounds may ride in the front seat of a vehicle when:
  • There is no rear seat or the rear seats are either side-facing jump seats or rear-facing seats.
  • The child passenger restraint system cannot be installed properly in the rear seat.
  • All rear seats are already occupied by children under the age of 12.
  • A medical reason requires the child to ride in the front seat.”
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