Child Passenger Safety Program
Did You Know?
Even the safest car safety seat may not protect your child if the seat is not installed properly and used correctly every time.
- Correct use of a car seat reduces the risk of injury or death by 71% for infants and by 54% for 1 to 4 year olds.
- Children under 2 years old are 5 times safer riding in a rear-facing car seat.
- 3 out of every 5 car seats are misused in at least one way, which reduces their effectiveness.
Purpose of Program:
The Child Passenger Safety program works to improve the safety of all youth while in motor vehicles. We are the only organization in Williams County with certified child passenger safety technicians.
Our certified technicians provide FREE educational sessions and car seat checks to any individual transporting children in car seats. These checks typically take between 30-45 minutes and take place at our Montpelier office.
You can learn more about what to expect at an appointment here: http://www.williamscountyhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/carseat.pdf
You can setup an appointment to have your car seat checked by calling (419)-485-3141
“Ohio Buckles Buckeyes” Child Passenger Safety Program
The Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) Child Passenger Safety Program provides FREE car seats and booster seats to eligible low-income families in all Ohio counties. In order to receive a free OBB seat, income eligible individuals must attend an educational session with one of our certified technicians.
You are considered eligible for a free seat if your income is within the WIC guidelines (you do not need to be enrolled in WIC to receive a seat). To see WIC income guidelines go here: https://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/ns/wicn/weligible.aspx
The program currently offers 2 types of child safety seats:
- Convertible Seat: ($20 donation) can be used rear- or forward-facing, typically fits children from infancy to 4 years old (fit does depend on height and weight of child).
- Booster Seat: ($10 donation) child must be at least 4 years old and weigh 40 pounds to use a booster seat. It is recommended that a child remains in a booster seat until the seat belt fits properly, this often happens when the child is 4 feet and 9 inches tall.
To learn more about the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program, click here: https://www.odh.ohio.gov/health/vipp/cps/cps.aspx
How to Select the Right Car Seat for Your Child
Knowing which car seat to pick for your child can be difficult. But there are great resources available to help you make the right choice for your child.
- You want to make sure you are picking the right seat for your child’s age, height and weight. Visit this link, enter your child’s information and receive information on car seat options.
- Not sure when your child is ready to move to a forward-facing car seat? Watch this brief video for when you should change car seats.
- Make sure your child is ready to make the move from a forward-facing seat to a booster seat. Watch this quick video for information on when a child is ready for a booster seat.
In the end, the best seat you can select is one that:
- Fits your child’s age, height, weight and developmental levels
- Fits your vehicle
- One that you can use correctly every single time
- Car Seat Recall List https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues
- Ohio’s Child Passenger Safety Laws https://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/health/vipp/cps/Child-Passenger-Safety-Law
- How to determine if your child’s harness is tight enough
- How to determine if your car seat is installed tightly
- Please go to the NHTSA website for more info and for a copy of the complete guidelines.