Question: What is the minimum age to ride in the front seat in New York State?
Answer: The absolute bare minimum age is 13 in the front seat. The airbag (if you have one) deploys at 240 mph. That could be fatal to a child 12 and under or that child could be seriously injured. The best thing to do is to have a child in the backseat in a harnessed car seat or booster until they are 4'9", then restrained in a seat belt in the backseat for as long as possible. If you do not have an airbag, since 95% of accidents are frontal or side impact, you are actually moving your child closer to the impact by moving them from the backseat to the front seat.