Children up to eight years old would need to be secured in at least a booster seat while riding in a car under a House proposal passed earlier this week.
Current state law only mandates the restraint seats for children until age six. Under the proposal that passed the House 75-28 on Tuesday, all children under age two would also need to be in a rear-facing restraint instead of the state’s current requirement for children up to age one. Children between two and four would be required to ride in a front-facing safety seat with a harness.
State Rep. Beth Bernstein said the current law has not been updated since 1983 and does not meet what’s recommended by manufacturers and pediatricians. “When you’re talking about an eight-year-old who’s under 57 inches (tall), the way a lap belt come across not the chest, but the ears and face, it can cause significant spinal injuries in a crash,” she told South Carolina Radio Network. [Read more…]