New South Carolina child restraint law enhances car seat safety

In May of this year a new law was passed in South Carolina to update child passenger restraint policies. The new law is composed of several changes. One of the major changes is how long children should ride in rear facing seats. The law now states that children two years old and under will need to be restrained in rear facing car seats. This is until they exceed the height and weight limits detailed by the car seat manufacturer.

It is important that you pick the right seat for your child. Car seat compatibility is based on the size and age of your child.

There are six different types of car seats:

  1. Infant
  2. Convertible
  3. All in one
  4. Combination
  5. High-backed booster
  6. Backless booster

These seats are available in various forms.

Rear Facing Car Seats

  • Infant car seat: This chair is designed for newborns and small babies.
  • Convertible seat: This chair can transition from rear to forward facing. This particular seat allows children to use the rear facing seat longer. This may be a popular option with the new law.

Forward Facing Car Seats

  • Convertible seat: This chair switches from rear facing to forward facing as children grow. It has a harness and tether.
  • Combination seat: When forward facing, this seat has a harness and tether. When the child outgrows the seat in this stage, it can transition into a booster seat.

Booster Seats

  • High-backed booster seat: This seat helps boost the child up so that the car's seat belt fits across their body correctly. The high back provides needed back and neck support.
  • Backless booster seat: The main job of this seat is to boost the child up so that the seat belt is properly aligned. The built-in head rest of the vehicle works with this seat.
  • Combination seat: At this stage, the combination seat works with a harness and elevates the child so that the seat belt fits properly.

The all in one seat can transition from rear facing, to forward facing and then to a booster.

Due to the update in the child restraint law, South Carolina is now one of five states that require children two and under to be rear facing.

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