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Q. I know it's not ideal, but is it legal to have a rear-facing infant car seat in the front seat of a truck? There is not an airbag in the truck in question.

Dear Juneau Resident,

I went again to JPD's great resource on this subject, Community Service Officer Jennifer Adams. Here is what she had to say;

It is not an ideal situation, but in some cases it is the only option. The most important thing is to be sure there is no airbag or the airbag has been turned off. If there is an airbag that cannot be disabled the child seat cannot be placed there. The law speaks to types of child restraints, but not the seating location in the vehicle.

I would recommend the parent/caregiver call JPD for a free child safety seat inspection. This way we can look at all of the details in this scenario and can advise the parent/caregiver of the best options for transporting their child. We are hosting a free car seat inspection event this Saturday June 4th from 1100 - 1400 at JPD.


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