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Free car seat checks throughout the state as part of Child Passenger Safety Week

Press Release - Monday, September 18, 2023

Correct installation of the proper seat could save your child's life

SPRINGFIELD — As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Illinois Department of Transportation is encouraging parents and caregivers to have their child safety seats checked to make sure they meet current safety standards and installed correctly as well as learn more about the requirements for children at different ages and sizes.

"We know parents and caregivers prioritize their children's safety, so we are sponsoring car seat checks with certified child passenger safety technicians who can help them ensure their child is as safe as possible in their booster or car seat," said IDOT Director of Highways Project Implementation Steve Travia. "Sadly, two children under 13 were killed every day in 2019 while riding in vehicles. Don't wait for a crash to find out whether your child's seat is installed correctly."

As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, culminating with Seat Check Saturday, there will be 92 car seat check events throughout Illinois from Sept. 17-23. During seat check events, technicians will provide instruction on how to install and use car seats correctly, as well as help determine if your child is in the right seat for their age and size. Technicians will also explain the importance of registering car seats with manufacturers so parents and caregivers can be notified in case of a recall.

The latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that nearly half of all car seats are misused. Using age- and size-appropriate car seats and installing them correctly are the best ways to keep kids safe in the event of a crash.

For more information on car seat safety or to locate a certified technician, visit To learn about IDOT's Child Passenger Safety program, see

The Child Passenger Safety Week campaign is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT.

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