I've even been asked by kids I'm transporting if I'll let them ride in the front seat. It's a tough call. I'm sure I rode in the front seat when I was 9 or 10. I survived.
I also don't have any recollection of a car seat or booster seat. Boy, times have changed.
Allowing children younger than 13 to ride in the front seat of a car made the list of the top 12 mistakes parents when using or installing car safety seats, identified by AAA Chicago. Even with advances in air bags, they can still cause injury to young bodies.
Other car seat mistakes include moving children out of booster seats too soon and attaching toys and mirrors to child safety seats. For the rest, click here.
"Illinois has made great strides in keeping its children safe on the roadways," said Brad Roeber, regional president of AAA Chicago. "But, there are still some parents who need assistance to ensure Illinois children are safely buckled up."
AAA Chicago, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Head Start and Secretary of State Jesse White have teamed up to help parents by offering Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 21. Free seat checks are available in 88 locations throughout Illinois. For a list of times and locations, check www.buckleupillinois.org.
So when asked about riding in the front seat, I'll just continue to point to the warning label in my car. Why take a risk when you don't have to?