According to Transport Canada, the safest place for children 12 and under is in the back seat.
If you have no other alternative but to travel with your child in the front seat of a vehicle:
1. If possible, shut off the airbag. (Ensure that the airbag is on for adult passengers when they are seated in that position). Please note that even if your air bag is off there is still a possibility that it might deploy.
2. Adjust the front passenger seat; slide the seat back as far as it will go.
3. Make sure your child is properly buckled up, with the lap belt low and snug over the hips and the shoulder belt across the chest. Never place the shoulder belt behind the child or under the arm. If your child is too small for the seatbelt (under 145 cm) then they should be in a booster seat.
4. Have your child sit up straight.
5. Ensure the area between your child and the door is clear of all objects. Toys, blankets, and even pillows could harm your child if the side air bag inflates.
Check your child’s position frequently throughout the car ride.