Car seat safety: What you need to know

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Tomorrow is National Seat Check day.

The Illinois State Police says 90 percent of the child safety seats it inspects in District 15 are installed improperly.

Tomorrow, it’s teaming with the tollway to make sure parents have their car seats installed correctly and their children are safe.

Today, they offered tips and advice on how to avoid mistakes.

All kids under 8 years old should be in some kind of car seat of booster seat to help keep them safe.

First, make sure the seat is anchored properly.  If your vehicle doesn’t have a latch system, you can  use the seat belt to secure it.

Next, make sure your child is harnessed in properly – with no slack.

A child should stay rear facing until 2-years-old or 35 pounds. After 40 pounds, your child can move to a booster seat using a seat belt.

Every seat is different, as is every vehicle, so it’s important to check your car seat manual and your vehicle’s manual to make sure your child is secured properly.

More info:

Specific Safety Seat Guidelines: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/childsafety.html

Information on Saturday’s Illinois Tollway & ISP Child Safety Fair: http://www.illinoistollway.com/documents/10157/7eb4f26a-27b4-4c6c-a6ac-135e5a791d25