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Car Seats

We receive many questions from our parents about car seats and what the current reccomendations are.  We believe, first and foremost, parents should always wear seat belts, so they can set a good example.

Children should be properly restrained in either car seat, booster seat, or seat belt--depending on their age.
  • Rear-facing car seats:Children under the age of one or weighing less than 20 pounds must be in a rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Front-facing car seats:Children between the ages of one and five, weighing between 20 to 40 pounds, must be in a forward-facing child safety seat.
  • Booster seats: Children between the ages of one and five, weighing between 40 to 80 pounds, must be in a belt-positioning booster seat. Regardless of age, children weighing over 80 pounds or those who can can sit erect against the car seat and bend their legs over the seat's edge are not required to be in a booster seat.
  • Back Seat:  In general, children under six years old cannot ride in the front seat. But, this stipulation is waived if the vehicle doesn't have a back seat, or if the back seat is occupied by other children under the age of six.
  • Air bag:  Never seat a child in front of an air bag.
For more info on car safety, check out this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
If you are unsure if your car seat is installed correctly and would like to have it checked, contact your local fire department and ask for the car seat safety inspector.  Certain local fire departments have inspectors that will actually check your seat and make sure it is properly installed in your vehicle.

If you have questions about our South Carolina state law, please visit: