Generally the rear seat is acknowledged to be safer than a front
seat. Furthermore, on modern cars, a front seat (when equipped with a
passenger-side airbag) is definitely not recommended for children.
That said, with an MG having neither an airbag or a rear seat, I have
driven with my son in my MG since he was three, in the passenger seat.
But that said, I would never put him in a makeshift seat. If he rode in my
car, he was always my only passenger, and I extra-strapped his car-seat
down (with belts, actually) because I didn't trust the belt in my '78 to
hold his seat down.
I also own a '96 Saab 900S convertible. If I'm going to have more than one
passenger, then I take the Saab. It'd be nice if we all could go in the
MG, but I'm not going to risk my son's life on some small pleasure.
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