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Cincinnati, Ohio (August 1, 2022) – Today, Buckle Up for Life announced 86 partnerships across the country, expanding its reach to 178, 882 people across 243 cities. Buckle Up for Life is the national car seat safety program created by Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota in 2004 to help keep child passengers safe. It provides critical education to teach parents and caregivers about the proper use of car seats and provides free seats to families in need.

“We know installing a car seat is not always easy, but a correctly installed seat can make all the difference in a crash,” said Patrick Edmunds, child passenger safety expert at Cincinnati Children’s and National Program Manager for Buckle Up for Life. “We thank our new partners for their commitment to sharing techniques and resources with their community members to help families keep their littlest passengers safe.”

New partners will receive programming support, car seats and funding to offer Buckle Up for Life in their communities for free. During the program, trained specialists work closely with families and caregivers to educate them about all aspects of car seats, booster seats and seat belts. Participating families in need receive free car seats and are matched with certified child passenger safety technicians to learn how to install them properly. The 2022-2023 partners are:

  • Bristol's Promise (Bristol, TN)
  • Center for Safe Alaskans (Anchorage, AK)
  • Center for Women, Children & Families/ The Nest (Lexington, KY)
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • City of Orlando Police Department (Orlando, FL)
  • Dignity Health (Carmichael, CA)
  • Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida (Fort Myers, FL)
  • Huntsville Hospital Association (Huntsville, AL)
  • Hyannis Fire District (Hyannis, MA)
  • Jericho Road Community Health Center (Buffalo, NY)
  • NyE Communities Coalition (Pahrump, NV)
  • OHSU Foundation (Portland, OR)
  • Pacific Safety Center (San Diego, CA)
  • Regions Hospital (St. Paul, MN)
  • RWJ University Hospital Foundation (Dunellen, NJ)
  • St. Joseph's Children's Hospital (Tampa, FL)
  • The City of Forest Park Fire Department (Forest Park, OH)
  • University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (Cleveland, OH)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Vassar Brothers Hospital (Poughkeepsie, NY)

In addition to the new partners, 65 local community organizations will receive Gift of Safety partnerships, which include Buckle Up for Life curricula to teach families how to correctly install car seats and 50 free seats to distribute to local families in need.