Virtual Car Seat Checks, Full Instruction Courses & Home Service Appointments
Over 16 years in business, the first and most experienced professional car seat checkup service in the Chicago area serving Naperville, DuPage and most of Cook county! For more information about Seatcheck’s expert car seat checkup service, please see why Seatcheck is the best choice for you, the safest choice for your baby and also about what to expect from my expert service! You also can read about me and below you can find Seatcheck’s rates for a course that may take up to an hour for a full instruction on a typical carseat. Due to COVID-19, I currently only offer virtual and curbside “Quick” installation-only appointments at my location in Naperville. This is to limit exposure for your safety and for mine. In-person Full Service appointments will resume after Illinois COVID Phase 5 is in effect. Seatcheck is a part-time small business, appointment times are limited! Appointments usually available within 1 or 2 business days, between 10am and 4pm. Winter appointments are very limited, weather permitting, and travel service may not be available.
- Each instruction for one child safety seat installed/inspected: $40 – By appointment only, please see options below and check for specials & discounts
- “Full-Service” In-person at Seatcheck’s location in Naperville or to your home or office. Instruction class usually takes about an hour for one car seat and includes demonstration of all features, adjustments and fit. Hands-on demonstration teaches you how to do it yourself in the future! Added travel fee for service to many cities in the Chicago area, see below. (Temporarily not available)
- “Quick Check” In-person curbside car seat check at Seatcheck’s location in Naperville, limited to quick verification and/or installation to minimize time and contact. I will wear gloves and mask for your protection. Usually takes less than 30 minutes, weather permitting. Questions about proper use, features, adjustments and fit to the harness system can be done via email, text or video call after the Quick Check. Applies to most car seats installed behind the driver or passenger side seating positions in the rear seat of 4-door vehicles. Limitations apply#
- “Virtual” online car seat check. I will consult by FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom, Duo or Skype to help guide you with installation and answer questions. Advance payment with Venmo or QuickPay/Zelle required. About 30 minutes. Limitations apply#
- No added travel fee when you visit our NHTSA listed fitting station at our Naperville Address: near Naper Blvd. and Hobson Rd. We also make house calls to your home, office, hospital or baby retail store! Please ADD a travel fee below and call to confirm service in your area. Full-service appointments only. (Travel service is very limited until llinois COVID Phase 5 is in effect)
- Travel service to Naperville and Lisle add $20*
- Travel service to other nearby towns in DuPage County: add $40**
- Travel service to parts of Chicago, Cook, Kane and Will County: usually add $60***
- Carseat Shopping Service: Buying a new carseat? I will consult by email or text on what model may work best in your situation: $10 ($5 may be credited to an installation appointment. Restrictions apply, contact for in-person baby store rates)
- To make an appointment or contact us, please email Seatcheck, use the contact form below, call or text Darren at 630-708-SAFE (+1 (630) 708-7233) from 9am to 5pm. Any discounts will be quoted by email or text when making the appointment.
- Inspections are performed by appointment ONLY.
- Appointments usually Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm, Mid-March to Mid-November.
- Winter appointments (Dec-Feb) are very limited, 1-2 days in advance, weather permitting
- Includes expert installation, demonstration, recall check and car seat safety school lesson with instruction on proper use
- Full service appointments may last around an hour, depending on the number of seats.
- Please bring your child(ren) and owners’ manuals if at all possible
- Safe Kids USA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) since 2001 and fully insured
- All installations done personally by the owner. NO random sub-contractors or inexperienced employees, ever.
- Locally owned small business! Seatcheck is NOT operated by SafeKids, Tot Squad or any other organization or franchise
- Please arrive within 30 minutes of your appointment time or call to re-schedule. Please give as much advance notice of cancellation as possible for weekday morning and afternoon appointments. In fairness to my family and to other clients, I may not be able to honor an appointment beyond 30 minutes after the scheduled time.
- I prefer exact cash at the time of service. Chase QuickPay/Zelle and Venmo (to firstname.lastname@example.org) are also accepted. Due to COVID, I may not have change available.
- I generally do not accept other payment methods. Personal checks issued on major Illinois or national USA banks, Paypal friend/trusted payments and credit cards (subject to additional fees) may be accepted only if necessary and arranged in advance.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. Seatcheck strongly endorses this policy. Some carseats require children to be at least age 2 before they can be forward-facing. Effective January 1st, 2019, Illinois state law also requires that children remain rear-facing until at least their 2nd birthday.
Effective January 1, 2011: Illinois State Law states that motorists who are ticketed for first time violations of Section 4 of the Child Passenger Protection Act shall not be convicted if they possess an approved child restraint system and also complete an instructional course with a certified technician. Completion of this course prior to their mandatory court appearance date noted on the citation will also allow for the fine to be waived on a first offense. As a fully NHTSA certified technician, my service and rates above also qualify as the mandatory instructional course required by the court as per section 6a of the new law. Motorists must provide me a copy of the citation and bring an appropriate child safety seat with their vehicle. Upon completion of the course (usually about an hour), I will provide the required IDOT form stating that you have voluntarily participated in the course and received instruction on proper use of your child restraint system. If approved by the judge or officer of the court, this should allow for a first conviction to be dropped and the $75 fine waived. Payment may be required in advance for this type of appointment. No refunds in the event the court does not honor the form for any reason.
To make an appointment or to contact me, please email Seatcheck, use the contact form below, call or text Darren at 630-708-SAFE (+1 (630) 708-7233) between 9am and 5pm. Please be ready to provide the following information:
- Age and approximate weight of all children
- Brand and model of all carseats
- Make/model/year of vehicle
#Virtual and Quick Checks cannot be done for ticketed violations of the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act, for special needs situations, school buses or other services. Virtual and Quick Check rate does NOT apply for 3rd row seats, center seating positions or multiple carseats in adjacent or 3-across seating positions. Quick Checks may not be eligible for travel service and, in most vehicles, may only apply to outboard seating positions in the rear seat of 4-door vehicles, sorry. No other discounts apply to these services.
*For addresses in Naperville and Lisle only, including Edward Hospital.
**Full Local travel service area is roughly an 8 mile radius from Lisle, Illinois within DuPage County. This includes addresses in Carol Stream, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale, Lombard, Oakbrook, Warrenville, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Woodridge plus parts of Aurora (east of Eola Road) and Bolingbrook (north of Boughton Road). Buying a carseat? Travel service includes retail stores in this area such as Target, Walmart and Kohl’s. Having a baby? We will meet you at your hospital including Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
***Extended service area is roughly a 25 mile radius from Lisle, Illinois, including parts of Cook, Kane and Will counties, including Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Batavia, Des Plaines, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, La Grange, Lemont, Oak Park, Orland Park, Oswego, Palos Park, Park Ridge Plainfield, Romeoville, St. Charles, Schaumburg, Skokie, Western Springs and most of Chicago. Please call for rates and to see if your address is in our service area. (Temporarily not available)
Updated: September 16, 2020