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South Carolina Child Passenger Safety Seat Law

​3 out of 4 car seats aren't used correctly. Make sure your child's car seat is installed correctly and that you know how to use it.

Lugoff Fire Department has multiple Child Passenger Seat Technicians that are highly trained through National standards. 

South Carolina law "Section 56-5-6410."

Every driver of a motor vehicle (passener car, pickup truck, van or recreational vehicle) operated on the highways and streets of this State when transporting a child five years of age or younger upon the public streets and highways  of the State must provide an appropriate child passenger restraint system and must secure the child as follows:

  • Children from birth to 1 year old, or who weigh less than 20 pounds, must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.

  • Children 1 through 5 years old weighing at least 20 pounds and less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a forward-facing child seat.

  • Children 1 through 5 years old weighing 40 to 80 pounds must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat.

  • Children under the age of 6 are not required to be in booster seats if they weigh more than 80 pounds or if they can sit with their backs against the car's seat and bend their legs over the seat edge without slouching

  • Children under 6 may not sit in the front passenger seat. However, this restriction does not apply if the vehicle has no rear passenger seats or if all other rear passenger seats are occupied by children less than 6 years old.

  • Violaters are subjec to a $150 fine. This law does not apply to taxis, church, school and day care buses, or commercial vehicles.

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