Child safety seat inspections have been suspended until further notice. If you'd like general information or have child seat related questions you can contact Debbie Diamond at 847-348-7251 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Illinois law will require children under age 2 to be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system unless they weigh more than 40 pounds or are more than 40 inches tall. Never install a rear-facing safety seat in front of an active airbag.
Studies show that a minimum of 80% of child seats in motor vehicles are misused. Local inspections reveal misuse to be much higher - closer to 90 to 95%.
This misuse takes many forms:
- Child seat not secure in vehicle
- Child not secure in child seat
- Shoulder straps in wrong slots
- Defective or recalled child seat
- Child facing forward too soon
- Child too big/small for child seat
- Child moved to seat belt too soon
Tragically, many of these seemingly small errors result in serious injuries or fatalities. In addition to installation errors, child seats may have manufacturer recalls which affect the ability to protect your child.
Why Is It So Difficult?
There are more than 50 plus different child seats on the market. These are in addition to older models which remain in use. Add to this 30 different types of vehicle seat belt systems. One particular vehicle has four different types in the same car. Without knowing the type of seat belt system you have, and how it works, it is almost impossible to make sure your child will be secure. Finally, there are hundreds of vehicle models on the road: cars, SUVs, vans, mini vans, pick-up trucks, etc. No one answer works in every case.
The Schaumburg Police Department has two officers who have completed a 32-hour training class and are nationally certified to inspect child seats and offer advice.
Child Safety Seat Inspections are done for Village of Schaumburg residents ONLY! Inspections are done by appointment only. To schedule an appointment you can either call 847-348-7251 or email your requests or questions to Debbie Diamond.
If you are an expectant parent, please call to schedule your inspection appointment at least one month prior to your due date. This will ensure that your seat is properly installed before you bring the baby home and will avoid making last minute appointments. Please make sure your child seat is already installed in your vehicle prior to making an appointment.
Each seat takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to inspect. You will need to bring your vehicle owners manual and the manual for the car seat being inspected.
If you are not a Schaumburg resident and need information on where to have your seat inspected or you would like more information on Child Passenger Safety please visit National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.