The Erie County Health Department's child passenger safety program, Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB), provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible, low-income families in Erie County. The overall goals of this program are to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who could not otherwise afford them and to increase correct installation and proper use of child safety seats. 

Through the coordinated efforts of a network of local certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, the OBB Program distributes child safety seats and booster seats and provides child passenger safety education. 

ECHD also has certified car seat technicians on staff that can provide car seat checks for all area residents. To make an appointment call 419-626-5623 ext. 5113.

ELIGIBILITY

REGISTRATION

If your family meets the income requirements above, you can register to receive a free car seat or booster seat. You will be required to watch an educational video and fill out an online form. Once you have submitted the form, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will call to set up a time to pick up your car seat or booster seat. 

 
 
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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY PROGRAM

Ohio Buckles Buckeyes

CAR SEAT SAFETY TIPS

Kids are only safe in a car when they are in the proper child restraint, used & installed correctly. Make sure your child is safe in his or her car seat:
  • Read your car manual and the manual for the child restraint.

  • Know the weight limit for your child restraint.

  • Send in the warranty card for the child restraint so you are on the list in case of a recall.

  • Check to make sure your child restraint is not on a recall list.

  • Destroy car seats that have been in a motor vehicle accident (MVA). Your auto insurance should cover a replacement under damages of the accident.

    • Expired car seats should be disposed of properly.

HOW TO DISPOSE OF CAR SEATS PROPERLY

At the end of the child restraint's useful life, HCPH encourages you to dispose of it properly. 

  • Remove all fabric and padding

  • Remove all screws and disassemble the car seat

  • Recycle all plastic and foam parts and discard the rest

CAR SEAT SAFETY RESOURCES