Car Seat Safety

Car Seats can be a struggle!  Here is some helpful information to help you through these questions you may have!

 Car Seat Checks Around Town!

Fire Station #1
Contact Michelle at 217-425-1500 ext. 1313 to schedule a car seat check.  Available every third Tuesday of the month.


You can also check Contact SafeKids at 1-866-SEAT-CHECK.
Or on their website

The importance of keeping your child rear facing until age 2:

Watch these videos to see how to install your car seats safely!


The importance of keep your child rear facing as long as possible:

How to install & use infant car seats:

How to install rear facing convertible car seats:


9 Rules to follow when using a Car Seat: 

  • Rule #1: Make Sure Shoulder Straps Are in Proper Position
    When baby is rear-facing, the top of the shoulder straps have to be at or below the baby’s shoulders. When forward-facing (which your baby shouldn’t be), they need to be at or above.
  • Rule #2: Rear-Facing Is the Responsible Choice
    Unless your child has serious medical problems, they have to rear-face until they literally cannot anymore. With all the new, cheaper seats with 40-pound or higher rear-facing limits, it’s possible for anyone to have a seat that will keep their child rear-facing until the bare minimum of 2 years old and 30 pounds
  • Rule #3: No Gaps Allowed Between Baby’s Crotch/Groin Area and Harness
    Swaddling the baby and then placing them in the car seat does not count.  The Harness should be snug against the Baby’s Crotch/Groin Area.
  • Rule #4: Be Sure the Chest Clip Is Positioned Properly on the Chest
    The chest clip belongs between the nipples and armpits. This positions the straps so your child doesn’t fly out of the seat — and can cause damage when placed anywhere else .
  • Rule #5: Know the Proper Guidelines for Outgrowing a Seat
    Outgrowing a seat has nothing to do with legs touching the seat. There has never been a case of legs breaking from touching the seat and even if there were — would you choose for your child to break their legs or their neck? Only one of those can be fixed. Your child has outgrown a seat in weight when they reach the max limit for that position.
  • Rule #6: Straps Need to Pass “The Pinch Test”
    The old rule of “two fingers under the chest clip” is outdated and resulted in straps that were way too loose. When straps are too loose, the child can fly out of the seat, or get stuck halfway and break god-knows-what.
  • Rule #7: Coats Are Not Allowed
    A cop reports seeing a coat strapped into a seat, even after the child who had been wearing it flew out of it. Coats are not safe in car seats and almost all manufacturers have this rule in their manual as well. To understand why, place your child in a coat and put them in their seat and tighten the straps properly. Without loosening the straps, remove your child and remove their
  • Rule #8: RTM (Read the Manual)
    Most car seats have a specific location for the manual on the seat so that it’s kept with it at all times. That’s because almost every single question you could have is listed in that little booklet, and the manufacturer’s number is there for anything else. Use it.
  • Rule #9: When in Doubt, Get Help