Children should remain rear facing until the maximum allowed by their convertible car seat.
Children generally need a booster seat until they are 8-12 years old.
*colors/styles/specific models vary based on availability.
Periodically, in conjunction with the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program supported by the Ohio Department of Health, Columbus Public Health receives car seats that can be distributed at no cost on a first come, first served basis.
To get a seat, income eligible families must attend a scheduled appointment (approximately 15-30 minutes) at Columbus Public Health (240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215). With video-based online education and in-vehicle instruction, certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians teach the safety features and proper installation of the car seat so that it can best protect the child. All seats are new; limited to one seat per child.
The ideal time to attend your car seat appointment is around 1-2 months prior to your expected delivery date. Keep this in mind when selecting a preferred day and time.
Registration and attendance are required to receive a car seat.
Complete online education and attend scheduled appointment at Columbus Public Health
Proof of government assistance (WIC, SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid, etc.) required at sign-in
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Additional guidelines may apply while program is operating at limited capacity.
80% of car seats and booster seats are not being used correctly. Get your car seat(s) checked by a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) to make sure yours isn’t one of them! Car seat safety checks are provided at no cost.
Click here to view our upcoming fitting station and seat check event calendar or call 614-645-7748 to schedule an appointment for a free seat check!