Reduced Cost Car Seats Available for Qualifying Low Income Families

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center is dedicated to protecting child passengers throughout Northeast Ohio by aiding parents and caregivers in making important decisions about how best to restrain their child passengers, providing assistance with properly using and installing car seats, and working to ensure that all families – regardless of their financial circumstances – have access to the resources they need to help their children travel safely.

The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center is able to assist low income families by providing car seats at a cost significantly discounted from retail prices, together with education in installing and using the seats. Proof of government assistance (WIC, HEAP, CHIP, Food Stamps, etc.) is required.

To access this program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s main campus in University Circle, call 216-844-2277, dial extension 1, and follow the directions on the recording to reserve a spot in the class:

Rainbow Performance Area
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

2101 Adelbert Rd.
Cleveland OH 44106
Second Monday of every month, 9 a.m.
Appointment required.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, working together with the Cleveland Division of Police, also offers a distribution class on Cleveland’s near west side:

Car Seat Fitting Station
Second District Police Station

3481 Fulton Rd.
Cleveland OH 44109
First Friday of every month, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
No appointment necessary.

Additionally, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital serves as the regional coordinator for the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) program. Periodically throughout the year, the hospital receives free seats from the Ohio Department of Health that are distributed on a first come-first served basis to participants in one of the car seat distribution classes above. For more information on the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program, visit https://www.odh.ohio.gov/health/vipp/cps/cps.aspx. Contact information for local coordinators for the OBB programs in our region is listed below:

County Contact Phone Email
Ashland Shirley Bixby
Ashland County Health Department
Ashland
419-994-5102
Cuyahoga Tom Vilt
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Cleveland
216-983-1115
Erie Beatrice Dyer
Huron County Public Health
Norwalk
419-668-1652
Geauga Tom Vilt (Interim)
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Cleveland
216-983-1115
Huron Beatrice Dyer
Huron County Public Health
Norwalk
419-668-1652
Lake Renee Daugherty
TriPoint Medical Center
Painesville
440-354-1259
Lorain Kate Bevan
Lorain County General Health District
Elyria
440-322-6367
Medina Bethany Kessler
Community Action Wayne/Medina
Medina
330-723-2229
Richland Reed Richmond
Mansfield-Richland Health
Mansfield
419-774-4731