Illinois State Child Passenger Safety Laws

Children under the age of 8 must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system, more commonly called a safety seat. Child safety seats include infant seats, convertible seats (rear-facing for infants and forward-facing for toddlers) and booster seats that are used with the vehicle lap shoulder belt system

The parent, legal guardian of a child under the age of eight years is responsible for providing a child safety seat to anyone who transports his or her child.

Anyone transporting a child must have an appropriate child restraint system.

Children weighing more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat is not equipped with a lap and shoulder belt system.

Children ages 8 years of age or older but under the age of 16 must be secured in a properly adjusted safety belt in any position in the vehicle.

Persons in violation of this law will be subject to a $50 fine for a first offense. This fine will be waived upon proof of possession of an approved safety seat. Subsequent violations are punishable with a $100 fine.

NOTE: Children with physical disabilities that prevent the use of standard safety seats are exempt from the provisions of the Child Passenger Protection Act if the disability is duly certified by a licensed physician.