The Galion City Health Department is committed to ensuring the safety of children in Crawford County through its free car seat and car seat check program. Certified car seat technician services are available to assist families in securing proper child restraints.

Ohio Law Requirements

In Ohio, it is mandated that:

  • All children must ride in an appropriate car seat until they are four years old and weigh at least 40 pounds.
  • Children under the age of 8 must use a booster seat or another appropriate car seat unless they are 4’9″ or taller.
  • Children and teens aged 8 to 15 who do not require a booster seat must use adult seat belts.
  • All children aged 12 and under should ride in the back seat.

Program Details

The Galion City Health Department provides free car seats and car seat checks to qualifying Crawford County residents. Here’s what you need to know about the program:


  • To qualify for a free car seat (convertible or booster), you must be a resident of Crawford County.
  • Applicants must meet the financial requirements to receive WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or Medicaid.

How to Apply:

  • Visit the Galion City Health Department website and navigate to the nursing tab to find the application form.
  • For direct assistance, contact the health department at 419-468-1075, ext. 1075.

Importance of Car Seat Safety

Properly installed car seats and booster seats can significantly reduce the risk of injury in the event of a car crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasizes that correct usage of car seats reduces the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers in passenger cars.

Community Support

The program not only provides car seats but also offers car seat checks to ensure that existing car seats are installed correctly. This service aims to educate parents and caregivers about proper installation techniques and the importance of securing children appropriately.

The Galion City Health Department appreciates donations of any amount to support this vital service. Your contribution helps ensure that more children are protected on the road.

For more details, support, or to apply for a free car seat, visit Galion City Health Department or contact 419-468-1075, ext. 1075.

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