Child in car seat

Child Passenger Safety Program

Community Services

The Williams County Child Passenger Safety Program was established in 1983. Since then, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) have been inspecting car seats for proper use and installation. Our CPSTs provide hands-on education and assistance to help parents and caregivers keep their child passengers as safe as possible in transport.

Free Car Seat Checks & Education

WCHD’s certified technicians provide FREE educational and car seat checks to any individual transporting children in car seats. These checks take between 30-45 minutes and take place at our Montpelier office.  During the appointment, technicians will help educate parents and caregivers on choosing the correct car seat, installing that seat correctly in their vehicle, and using that seat correctly every time.

What to bring: Your vehicle manual, car seat manual, car seat, and child (if possible). It is also helpful to have up to date height and weight for the child.

This program is provided in partnership with United Way of Williams County.

Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program – Free Car Seats

Free car seats are available for eligible families through the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) Program. Children that are WIC or Medicaid eligible can receive a free convertible car seat or a free booster seat at the Williams County Health Department.

Available Seats:

Convertible Car Seat: Evenflo SureRide/Titan 65

  • Rear Facing
    • Weight Limits: 5 lbs – 4 lbs
    • Height Limits: 19 inches – 40 inches
  • Forward Facing
    • Weight Limits: 22 lbs – 65 lbs
    • Height Limits: 28 inches – 54 inches
    • Must be at least 2 years old

Booster Seat: Evenflo GoTime

  • Weight Limit: 40 lbs – 120 lbs
  • Height Limit: 44 inches – 57 inches
  • Must be at least 4 years old

To receive a free car seat, caregivers must create an appointment for an educational session. Learn more about the eligibility and criteria.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians at the Williams County Health Department

The Williams County Health Department has several Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) who trained specifically on the topic of child restraints and safety within a vehicle. CPSTs are certified by the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program; a partner with Safe Kids Worldwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Child Passenger Safety Board. CPSTs stay up to date on the latest technical information about child passenger safety.

If you have any questions about car seats, call 419-485-3141 and ask to speak to a CPST.