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Ask HPD: Children in Vehicles

Question: How old must a child be to ride in the front seat of a car? – Ivory

Answer: Generally speaking, it is recommended that all children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat to avoid contact with the front seat air bag system during a collision. They are almost always safer in the back seat.

Question: How old do kids have to be to sit in a booster seat? – Barney

Answer: Hawaii's Child Passenger Restraint Law requires that children less than 4 must ride in a child safety seat. Children 4 years old, but less than 8 must ride in a child passenger restraint or booster seat if they are less than 4 feet, 9 inches tall and weigh less than 40 pounds. Larger children may be seated in the rear and use the required seatbelt assembly. Lap belts should lie across the upper thighs and not the stomach. The shoulder belt should fit across the chest and not the neck. Drivers who do not comply and are cited will be required to appear in court.

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