Quoting Krystal Moses:" Actually the law says and I am coping this, Children under one (1) year of age, or any child, weighing ... [snip!] ... are less then 20lbs then.......... Also my 1st is almost 10, and there were different laws then. They made changes in 2004."
I'd call you local police depat & ask. Ignorance of the law isnt' an excuse f you ge tpulled ove ror worse & it may not actually BE the way you interpret it by reading it. Our laws online are really murky - bu tI have a family member on teh force & am certain that despite how foggy ours are - they aren't foogy when it comes to tickets. Out state website doens't even clearly state when a child can go into a booster & there IS a minimum age here & minum weight for that. I *think* it is age 3 & 30lbs but I can swear to the weight. I do know the forward face is 1 yr and 20lbs or more - but the child must hit BOTH criteria, not one or the other..
If you read here: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1593_3504_22774-113709--,00.html
It sounds like kids over 4 can ride in the front. They can't...except when specified as when all seats are taken - you must be 12 yrs old in my state - it is not stated anywhere on that page, but I KNOW that is true...
Anyway - my only point is, even if what they list isn't clear - they will still hold the parent accoutanble for any improper use of the carseat - so doubel check. I am not aware that any state in the US allwos forward facing before 1 yr anymore.
To ME - if I was to say that it could be 1 yr or 20 lbs I woudl expect it to read that a child who is EITHER under 1 yr OR under 20lbs..... I wouldn't trust what you copied as meaning it doesnt' ahve to be both.
To me that means any child under one year (REGARDLESS OF WEIGHT) or any child (over a year) that has not met 20 lbs yet....
So see - not actually clear at all.