Why Do I Need to Have My Child’s Safety Seat Checked?

Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 killer of kids 19 and under, according to SAFE KIDS USA.  Various studies have shown that up to 96% of parents believe they install their child safety seat correctly.  Similar studies have observed 70% to 90% actual misuse rates.  The good news is that correct use of car seats and boosters does save lives.  Infant seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71%, and toddler seats by 54%, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  I will make sure your child is as safe as possible in your vehicle, to protect them from the greatest epidemic facing children in the United States.

Starting January 1, 2004, Illinois State Law requires all children to be in a child seat or booster until their 8th birthday.  This is a primary moving violation, and you may be stopped and ticketed for a violation of the child passenger protection act.  More importantly, correct use of a booster seat can reduce a child’s risk of injury in a crash by 59%, including serious head and abdominal injuries!  Were you ticketed in Illinois and need a child safety seat instructional course right away, before your upcoming traffic court date?  My service qualifies for this and I will provide the form the court requires upon completion.  This may allow for a first offense to be dropped and the $75 fine waived.

Why Choose a Private Child Seat Installation Service?

This service is ideal for parents and caregivers who want the best for their children, especially when it comes to riding as safe as possible in their vehicle.  Clients include parents who are unable to find free inspections in their community, as well as expectant parents and others who are unable to wait for an event or appointment elsewhere.  It is also ideal for parents wanting a more personalized education and thorough instruction than from a public carseat inspection done at a free fitting station or check-up event.   Finally, it is great for busy parents with inflexible schedules.  For example, Seatcheck’s child safety seat education service offers appointments weekdays as well as some evenings and weekends, subject to weather and availability.  I can even meet you at your home, office, baby store or hospital parking lot for an early arrival!

Why Pay for This Service when My Police or Fire Department Does it For Free?

Over the last few years, many departments and agencies in DuPage County have cut their child passenger safety programs.  Some local organizations and police, fire or health departments may use inexperienced technicians or installers who are not certified to do inspections.  In other communities, free inspections have long waiting lists or may no longer be available.  I may be able to offer more convenient appointment times and shorter waits than other fitting stations or events.  Appointments are often available within a few days of your call, sometimes the same day or next day!  Also, your appointment will not be rushed, as may be the case at free inspection stations, events or elsewhere.  Courses start at $50 for one typical carseat in a single vehicle, with up to an hour to make sure your carseat is installed correctly and answer all your questions!  Some appointments may be less than an hour, depending on the circumstances, while multiple seats may take longer.  There will also be plenty of time for a thorough instruction and hand-on practice if you wish!

Why Seatcheck?

Seatcheck.net began in 2002.  I have been providing expert carseat installations and other child passenger safety services since January, 2004, the first professional service of its kind in the Chicago area!  I specialize only in keeping your children safe in motor vehicles.  Seatcheck.net is listed as a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and SAFE KIDS USA.  Seatcheck’s fitting station is located in Naperville, Illinois.  Seatcheck also makes your life easier with house calls, serving your home or office in Naperville and many other communities in the Chicago area including DuPage County and parts of Cook, Will and Kane Counties.  Seatcheck is even going green, arriving to most home service appointments in a low-emissions hybrid electric vehicle!

Every Seatcheck client instruction and checkup is done personally by me!  I have been certified since 2001 and have significant experience and background in transportation safety and carseats in general.  For parents who want more than a rushed inspection, I am happy to take the extra time to help you learn about installing and using child seats correctly.  While I will always make sure your child is as safe as possible, my goal is also to provide instruction and education for the parent(s) or caregiver.   That means I spend up to a full hour for every appointment to avoid hurried mistakes, to answer all your questions and to help you to install the child seat yourself if you wish to do so!  That will help you keep your kids safe every time they travel, in any vehicle!

If you haven’t selected a child safety seat yet, please feel free to contact me first!  I may be able to advise you about some options in advance.  Baby not here yet?  I will demonstrate proper use of the harness system with a newborn or low birthweight size doll.  Ultimately, Seatcheck provides the peace of mind that your child restraint is installed safely and that you will be using it correctly on every trip!   You can read more about me here.