Child Safety Seat Information

The Riverside Police Department has a certified child safety seat technician who can assist with proper installation of an infant carrier base, child safety seat or booster seat in your vehicle. Please email Officer Eric Katzin or call him at 708-447-2127 to schedule an appointment.

Child Passenger Protection Act


(625 ILCS 25/4) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 1104)
Sec. 4. When any person is transporting a child in this State under the age of 8 years in a non-commercial motor vehicle of the first division, any truck or truck tractor that is equipped with seat safety belts, any other motor vehicle of the second division with a gross vehicle weight rating of 9,000 pounds or less, or a recreational vehicle on the roadways, streets or highways of this State, such person shall be responsible for providing for the protection of such child by properly securing him or her in an appropriate child restraint system. The parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 8 years shall provide a child restraint system to any person who transports his or her child.
Mother Adjusting Seat Belt on Childe
Child Safety Seat Graphic
For purposes of this Section and Section 4b, "child restraint system" means any device which meets the standards of the United States Department of Transportation designed to restrain, seat or position children, which also includes a booster seat. 

A child weighing more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt. 

(Source: P.A. 95-254)

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children should ride rear-facing to age 2.

Car Seat Check App


The American Academy of Pediatrics offers an app called Car Seat Check. Adults can input data on child age, weight, and height to find the right type of child restraint should be used. The app also has links to installation assistance (such as instructional videos and articles and the Child Passenger Safety Technician finder site) and other safety information (such as the NHTSA recall list and AAP safety articles).