South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would change the age requirement for children sitting in the front seat of a vehicle. If passes as is, the law would require children to be 13 years old to sit in the front unless a set of circumstances were present. This would more than double the current age minimum for the front seat.
Those circumstances that would allow a child under the age of 13 in the front seat would be as follows:
-vehicle does not have rear passenger seating
-all passenger seats are occupied by children under the age of 6
Other recommendations in the bill are also being discussed and some claim the numbers are arbitrary and will receive some opposition. Some lawmakers say the laws on child safety seats need updating regardless because they do not match up with safety regulations that have progressed as technology and seats have become more efficient and safe.