NEWBERRY — Parents looking for discounts on car seats have a new resource in Newberry County, thanks to the Buckle Buddies project from the Safe Kids of the Midlands Program at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Safe Kids Midlands Program Coordinator Kevin Poore said that any parent or guardian who completes an hour and a half safety course is for a voucher good for a reduced rate on car seats sold at the Palmetto Richland and Palmetto Baptist shops.eligible
Parents can qualify for additional discounts if they are Medicaid eligible. A combination of voucher and Medicaid would mean a $40-45 car seat would cost as little as $10.
“Our program is open to people of all socioeconomic levels. It’s primarily about getting good information about car seats out there to the public,” Poore said.
He said the biggest price discount comes from taking the class and the next class in Newberry is at 6 p.m. April 16 at Westview Behavioral Health.
People can sign up by calling 296-CARE or they can find out more about classes in their area by viewing www.bucklebuddiessc.org. Poore said the courses are available to anyone in the state.
All course instructors, including Poore, are nationally certified in child passenger safety.
Poore said it is imperative people use car seats correctly and that studies show a misuse rate of around 80 percent.
“We advise people not to assume they have it right. There are common misuse mistakes we point out to them in the classes and we show them where resources are available,” he said.
Poore said area law enforcement can consult one-on-one with parents to make sure a seat is installed properly as well.
The buckle buddies component receives funding from Kohl’s.
Poore said the group has expanded its footprint into Newberry County and long term goals include expanding into Fairfield County. Classes are offered quarterly.
For more information visit www.safekidsmidlands.org.