Child Safety Seats

Did you know that Motor Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 8 years? According to Safe Kids, correct use of child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Unfortunately, many child safety seats are not used properly. Often times the mistakes made when installing a child restraint are simple things that can be easily corrected. The Wheeling Police Department has nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians that can help you make those corrections so your child is transported safely while traveling in your vehicle. Please contact Sergeant Bulanda at 847-459-2615 to make an appointment to have your child safety seat inspected. Please note: Inspections are only done on the 1st Wednesday of the month (8am -10am) and the 3rd Wednesday of the month (5pm-7pm).
This service is provided only to residents of Wheeling and there is no charge for the inspection.

 When you come in for your scheduled child safety seat check, please make sure the child restraint is installed. Also, make sure you have the child restraint instructions that come with the seat and your vehicle owner’s manual.

Did You Know

  • Illinois law requires that children be restrained in a child safety seat up until the age of 8 years.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be kept rear facing until 2 years of age or the rear facing
  • weight/height limit of the child restraint.
  • Booster seats are great for older kids and there are many booster seats that will accommodate children up to 100 pounds.
  • Children should not graduate to using only the vehicle seat belt until they are at least 8 years old, 4’9” tall and weigh at least
  • 80 pounds.
  • Children should ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years of age.
  • Set a good example by buckling up every time. When kids see parents buckling up they will too.