Quoting Stephanie Onyembi:" I see a lot of people on this site freak out and call other moms bad parents for forward facing before ... [snip!] ... to forward face a 1 year old in the back seat than it is to rear face a newborn in the front seat. Even if the air bag IS off."
I've never seen anyone on here freak out for FF their child before 2 yeas, especially because it's not illegal to. That's the difference. It is illegal to FF a child under the age of 1 and 20lbs. NOT 2. It is not illegal to put a baby in the front seat as long as the airbags are off and if there is no where else to put him.
You don't know what is going on with his car, so don't be so quick to judge.