Rear-facing car seats required in 2019

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- When 2019 begins, children under the age of two will be required to ride rear-facing car seats.

This goes after studies have shown this is a safer method for children.

"Before it used to be 20 pounds and then parents were given the option to rear-face their children because it was recommended, but now it is actually a law until they are two years old," said coordinator Lisa Martinez.

There will be a $75 dollar fine for a first violation and a $200 dollar fine for a second violation.

Exemptions include:

  • Children weigh more than 40 pounds
  • Children taller than 40 inches
  • Children being transported in a vehicle weighing more than 9000 pounds.

Height and weight limits are determined by the car seat or booster seat manufacturer. For more information visit or, to schedule a car seat appointment, go to this link.

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