Child Safety Seats

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In Illinois, all children under the age of eight must be secured in an appropriate child safety seat. Child safety seats include infant seats, convertible seats, and booster seats that are used with the vehicles lap and shoulder belt system.

General Guidelines:

Infants, from birth to at least age 1, and at least 20 pounds, should ride in the back seat in a rear-facing safety seat. 

Children older than age 1 and at least 20 pounds may ride in a forward-facing safety seat in the back seat. Children should ride in a safety seat secured in the full harness until they weigh about 40 pounds.

All children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they reach age 8, unless they are 4’9” tall.

The Elk Grove Village Police Department does not inspect child seats but if you would like assistance in checking your seat for recalls or proper installation please go to and search for a child seat technician in your area.

It is recommended that a child safety seat be no more than 5 years old from the date of manufacture. Every child safety seat has an information sticker that includes the model number, model name, serial number and date of manufacture. Child safety seats are typically made of plastic, which can over time, break down from exposure to heat and cold weather. If the seat is more than 5 years old, we cannot install the seat.

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