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Can a 10 year old child sit in the front seat of a four seat car legally in Idaho or Montana? What provisions would allow it?

Maple Valley, WA |

I know in WA state that 13 is the no restriction minimum age , but that a younger child can sit in the front if there is no other foreseeable place to sit . Is that age younger in Idaho or Montana ? On line state statutes were slim on this information .

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  1. This website has some basic information. I do not know the law in either of your states of interest. http://www.safekids.org. You should consider that the reason behind the laws is passenger safety. In general, people, in particular, children, can be at risk in the front seat of a car with an airbag. This can mean that a 4 foot 10 inch petite women may have different risks than a 5 foot ten 145 pound person. There are a lot of other factors that play into passenger safety - but, two - height and weight have been given a more heighten status. Even an adult that is really short and really light may be at a slightly higher risk. If the website does not address your question, someone more educated on the topics than me will hopefully post a comment to assist you. Good luck.


  2. You can seek this information from attorneys from Idaho and Montana or just do a search on the interenet and find this out too. Additionally, the Idaho/Montana state parole would probably have this info too.

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