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Child Safety Seats

Children who are shorter than 4'9" and age 7 or younger must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system. Height and weight limits are determined by the car seat/booster seat manufacturer. An appropriate system:

  • Fits the child
  • Fits the vehicle
  • Is used according to the manufacturer's guidelines

Children younger than age 2 must ride rear-facing, and a restraint must be provided by a parent or legal guardian. Every person transporting a child under age 8 is responsible for properly securing the child. Exemptions include children weighing more than 40 pounds, children taller than 40 inches and children transported in vehicles weighing more than 9,000 pounds.

All passengers must wear a safety belt, regardless of age and where they are seated. All children age 12 and younger should ride in the back seat. Visit the Illinois Secretary of State website for further details on age and restraint requirements. Tinley Park Police Department child passenger safety technicians will check child safety seats for Tinley Park residents only to verify that they are properly installed. Additionally, they will check the seat if you have received a ticket. Inspections are by appointment only and can be made by calling Dina Navas at (708) 444-5326.

Infants and children should not wear snowsuits, coats or jackets while sitting in their child safety seats. The harness strap should be secure on your child’s chest while sitting in their seat. If the child is wearing a jacket, they are not tightly secured and it is dangerous for them. Use the pinch test in which you check for excess slack in the harness by pinching it with your thumb and forefinger. If there is slack in the shoulder harness when you pinch it then it needs tightening. When the infant/child enters the vehicle, remove their jacket and place them in their seat, tightly secure the harness and cover them with a blanket or two.

For more information, please read the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act brochure,"A Parent's Guide to Using Seat Belts," or "Choosing the Right Car Seat," or visit www.buckleupillinois.org.