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Can Babies Ride in Two-Seated Cars?

It is legal to drive with a baby securely strapped into a two-seat car as designated by the National Highway Traffic Security Administration; however, parents need to take precautions to ensure the safety of the child, says Dr. Jeffrey Lazarus, California-based board certified pediatrician. If you must place your infant in the front passenger seat, make sure your baby is properly restrained in a rear-facing car seat. If your car has passenger side airbags, turn them off, warns Lazarus. In addition, parents should push the front seat as far back from the front console as possible. Although 12 months of age is the legal age in most states to secure your child in a front-facing car seat, if your child has not yet reached 35 pounds, it is safer to keep him in a rear-facing car seat, especially when he is closer to a potential point of impact in the front seat of a two-seated car, says Lazarus.

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