When’s your child allowed to sit in the front seat in Qld?

For many kids, being able to sit in the front seat is a rite of passage, but as a parent what are the road rules you should know before saying yes?

Answer:  Queensland law states children aged up until four years old must be seated in a back seat unless the vehicle has only one row of seats (such as a single cab utility). If the children are between the ages of four and seven they can only sit in the front seats if the car has one row of seats, or if all the seating positions in the back are occupied by children under seven.

After the age of seven years old children can sit in the front passenger seat, however a child’s weight and height should always be considered beforehand.

Front seats with airbags can pose a risk to children. RACQ strongly recommends not placing a child in the front seat if the car is fitted with passenger side airbags. Front seat airbags offer adults a greater level of protection in a crash but as a child is much shorter, they’re not placed in the optimum position when an airbag deploys.

Remember, there is a penalty for not having your child correctly restrained, including which seat they are in, and it could cost you $341 a three demerit points.

Ultimately safety should be the top priority in deciding when is the right time to let them sit up the front with you.

Age Rules
0-4 years Queensland law requires that children be seated in a rear seat unless the vehicle has only one row of seats (such as a single cab utility).
4-7 years Children may be seated in the front if the vehicle has only one row of seats, or if all the seating positions behind are occupied by children under 7.
7-16 years Children may ride in the front seat.