Child Passenger Safety
Why Car Seats?
Child car seats can reduce injury and death by up to 71 percent when used correctly. Illinois law states that children under the age of 8 must travel in an approved child restraint. Use car seats correctly, not because it’s the law, but because they could save your child’s life. More than 90 percent of child safety seats are installed or used incorrectly, increasing risk for injury. Learn how to use your car seat by carefully following directions in your car seat manual, and in your vehicle owner’s manual. Consult a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with further questions. Technicians can be located by calling the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT or at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.