Can I put a forward facing child up front?

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Cassidy

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I got into a wreck in my minivan and it is currently undrivable for two days, so my dad let me borrow his Chevy Malibu. I have four children, a newborn-- who is obviously in a rear facing infant carrier-- a three year old, five year old, and six year old, all in forward facing, five point harness car seats. The Malibu doesn't fit all the kids in the back, and I need to be able to drive because that's how I make an income. My kids are nearly always with me when I drive for work. I have zero options for a sitter, and zero options to borrow another car or rent one. When I say my only options are to either put my six year old up front in her car seat, or not be able to pay my rent this Saturday, I literally mean that those are my only two options. I checked in the manual to see if I was able to disable the airbag, and that isn't an option either. My six year old is around 49-52 pounds and is exactly four feet tall (48 inches). Would it be okay to put her up front, forward facing in her car seat?
 
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ketchupqueen

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I got into a wreck in my minivan and it is currently undrivable for two days, so my dad let me borrow his Chevy Malibu. I have four children, a newborn-- who is obviously in a rear facing infant carrier-- a three year old, five year old, and six year old, all in forward facing, five point harness car seats. The Malibu doesn't fit all the kids in the back, and I need to be able to drive because that's how I make an income. My kids are nearly always with me when I drive for work. I have zero options for a sitter, and zero options to borrow another car or rent one. When I say my only options are to either put my six year old up front in her car seat, or not be able to pay my rent this Saturday, I literally mean that those are my only two options. I checked in the manual to see if I was able to disable the airbag, and that isn't an option either. My six year old is around 49-52 pounds and is exactly four feet tall (48 inches). Would it be okay to put her up front, forward facing in her car seat?
It isn't ideal but you're not in an ideal situation. Double check that your belt locks, or you'll need a locking clip. And minimize trips with the kids as much as you can. You just have to do the best you can sometimes.
 

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