The Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act was amended in August 2018.

Illinois car seat laws says that all kids under age 8 must travel in a car seat or booster seat. The child safety seat must be appropriate for the child’s age, weight, and height. Breaking this law will result in a $75 fine for the first offense, and a $200 fine for additional citations.

The 2018 amendment adds a requirement that a child under 2 years old must ride in a rear-facing car seat, unless the child weights 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall.

The new addition to the law goes on to allow children weighing more than 40 pounds to ride in the backseat wearing only a lap belt, but ONLY when the “vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt.”

The “Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act” does not specify which type of seat to use, other than “federally approved”. This means its up to parents to choose a car seat or booster seat based on their child’s age, weight, and height.

More detailed recommendations are made by safety experts. They recommend keeping kids in each stage of car seat or booster seat use until he or she reaches the maximum height or weight limit for the seat.

Refer to the links below for additional information on Illinois law and best practices for keeping kids safe on the road.

State Resources for Illinois Car Seat Laws

2018 Child Passenger Protection Act Amendment – read it right from the source: Illinois General Assembly website – Child Passenger Safety Requirements by age, a list of safety seat fitting stations, and info on a Child Safety Seat Presentation that includes installation instructions and more. – Safety requirements with graphics, information on car seat checks, how to find a safety tech in your area, and more.

Illinois State Police – Safety Restraint laws, Child Passenger Protection Act, and penality information.

IIHS – Child Passenger Safety Laws Chart – by State

National Resources for Illinois Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws  – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website – The NHTSA publishes this site. Parents Central is the child safety section. This is a great info packed site, so if you have questions about almost anything related to car seats or booster seats, definitely check this one out. – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page – A global organization about keeping children safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.