Kids Riding In The Front Seat Of A Car Could Soon Be Illegal


We all know that over the last few decades there have been many improvements to child safety in a motor vehicle.  Some better than others.  What about older children?  Well, kids riding in the front seat of a car could soon be illegal.

Last week in a Massachusetts Transportation Committee hearing meeting, the state Senate bill requiring all kids under the age of 13 would need to be in a rear passenger seat of a motor vehicle whenever possible.  The mandate would impose a $25 fine for drivers violating the law.

Right now, the law is only that children under 13 be restrained and properly secured with a seat belt and children under 8 must be secured in a child passenger restraint.

According to Esurance, the back seat is 59 – 86 percent safer than the front seat.  And the safest seat?  Rear center. Which is an additional 25% safer that the window seats.

So why do we need a law for something that should be a no brainer?  Because we do.  That’s why.  Because otherwise people won’t listen.

I don’t know about you, but I want my child to be as safe as possible wherever they are.  My kids staying in the back seat.  Period.

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I’m Catrina. I’m a mom of 2 under 2 and founder of Chocolate & Chaos. On top of being a mom and blogger, I'm a Digital Content Manager for a publisher. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with her family and friends, photography, wine and good coffee. So basically, I'm just trying to make it through the day just like you. :) It's a bumpy ride sometimes, but I wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. Interesting post, however, government regulating parenting makes me nervous. I wonder if parenting education would be more beneficial & bring about permanent change. Thanks for the post… It opens up a conversation.

  2. I just assumed this was a federal thing. It’s been the law in NY for years. Common sense doesn’t always apply, unfortunately, so laws have to be made to enforce what *should* be common sense.