Car Seat Safety
The Regional Office of Education houses 19 certified child passenger safety technicians.
CPSTs help families understand proper passenger safety and stay up-to-date on all current laws.
Newborn - 2 years
Effective January 1, 2019, Illinois will require children under age 2 to be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system unless they weigh more than 40 pounds or are more than 40 inches tall. Children must remain rear-facing until age 2.
Children should remain in a rear-facing safety seat for as long as possible or until they are at the maximum height or weight limit. When a child outgrows a rear-facing safety seat, they may transition to a forward-facing seat with a harness system.
Children should be secured in a forward-facing safety seat with an internal harness system until they reach the maximum height or weight limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer. When a child outgrows the forward-facing seat, they may transition to a belt-positioning booster seat.
Children should stay in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are tall enough to properly fit in an adult lap/shoulder belt.
Car Seat Safety Technicians