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South Carolina Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

South Carolina

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Infants through children age 1 and children who weigh under 20 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat.

Car Seat

Children ages 1 to 5 who weigh between 20 to 39 pounds must use a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat.

Booster Seat

Children 5 and under who weigh 40 to 80 pounds must use a booster seat secured by a lap/shoulder belt (lap belt alone is not permissible) in the back seat.

Seat Belt

  • Children ages 1 through 5 and who weigh more than 80 pounds.
  • Any child 5 years and younger if the child's knees bend over the seat edge when sitting up straight with his/her back firmly against the seat back.
  • Children 17 and under must be restrained in some manner.

Seating Position

  • Infants through children age 1 and children who weigh under 20 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat.
  • Children ages 1 to 5 and who weigh between 20 to 39 pounds must use a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat.
  • Children 5 and under and who weigh 40 to 80 pounds must use a booster seat secured by a lap/shoulder belt (lap belt alone is not permissible) in the back seat.

Fines & Penalties

Maximum fine for first offense is $150.

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Note: Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, although if you are injured in an accident, we have relationships with other personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout the United States.

Source: "Child Passenger Safety Laws." Governors Highway Safety Association. Updated September 2011.

All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Ohio, and West Virginia and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states.

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