Barrington Hills Police Department

Child Safety Seat Inspection

While installing and using child safety seats may appear to be easy enough, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that close to 3 out of 4 parents do not properly use child restraints.

Basic Child Safety Seat Guidelines:

  • Always buckle up children 12 years and under in the back seat.
  • Always use a safety seat appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height.
  • Never place a rear facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle where an airbag is present.
  • Always install and use the child seat correctly, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always set a good example by wearing your own seat belt.


  • Birth to 1 year and 20 lbs or less, use a rear facing infant seat.
  • Less than 1 year and 20-35 lbs, use a rear facing convertible seat recommended for heavier infants.


  • 1 to 4 years and 20-40 lbs, use a forward facing convertible seat or high back booster with harness.

Younger Kids

  • 4 to 8 years, at least 40 lbs, and less than 4 ft 9 in, use a forward facing belt positioning booster seat.

Older Kids

  • Over 8 years or at least 4 ft 9 in, use a lap belt that is snug and low over the upper thighs, not over the abdomen, and a shoulder belt that is snug across the chest.