Car Seat Safety

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Car Seat Safety

Every year thousands of young children are killed or injured in crashes, mainly because 3 out of 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured, or are not restrained at all. Using the right car seat, the right way, is the best way to protect children in vehicles. Car seats that fit the child and are installed correctly help save lives.

In many instances, parents are confused about how to correctly install their child's seat, or they don't realize that every seat doesn't fit in every car. They may also not realize that their car is equipped with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. With so many different choices, choosing the best car seat can also be difficult. The most expensive car seats are not always the best. And buckling your child into a used car seat may put him at risk for injury.

Program Guidelines

The Health Department provides and installs car seats to eligible families. New seats are provided to families who meet the following guidelines:
  •  Must be an Audrain County resident.
  •  Must show proof of residence with a valid driver's license or photo ID.
  •  Must be the parent or legal guardian of the child who needs the car seat.
  •  Must fall into the financial guidelines of 185% of poverty, as shown by your most recent tax return or by proof of income from each member of the household.

To receive a car seat, call the Health Department at 573-581-1332 to make an appointment. Bring your child, your valid driver's license, and proof of income from everyone in the household.

The Health Department also has several employees who have been trained and certified through the SafeKids national program as car seat technicians. This car seat program is made possible in part with support from the French Foundation.

Choose the right car seat based on your vehicle and your child's age and size. Get expert help to install the car seat. And buckle your child in correctly every time.