Free car seat checks Saturday at Sycamore Police Department

September 26, 2018

SYCAMORE – Certified child passenger safety technicians will be at the Sycamore Police Department on Saturday to perform free car-seat checks.

The event, one of 90 around the state and sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department, 535 DeKalb Ave.

“By attending the Sycamore police car-seat event Saturday, parents can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible,” Sycamore police Cmdr. Steve Cook said in a news release. “The number one goal is to make sure every child leaves the event safer than they arrived. CPS technicians will check the seat for secure fit, explain the law, look up recalls, and more.”

The state’s child restraint law will change Jan. 1, according to the release, and will require children younger than 2 to be rear-facing and all children younger than 8 to be in an appropriate restraint system that fits them and the vehicle and is used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

According to the release, IDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height or weight allowed by the seat’s manufacturer, which can be well after the child’s second birthday.

For information, visit buckleupillinois.org, or call the police department at 815-895-2123.

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