Who We Are

Who We Are
The Safe Kids St. Louis Coalition is happy that you chose to visit our site. We work hard to provide injury prevention for children ages 0-14 in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, and Washington County. We collaborate with many agencies to make sure that children in our area are safe. Please visit the portions that interest you and let us know if we can be of assistance.
What We Do
Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children.  In the United States, we have contributed to a 45 percent reduction in the child fatality rate from accidental injury  –  saving an estimated 38,000 children’s lives.   Canada achieved a 37 percent reduction in child accidental deaths between 1994 and 2003, while the German child death rate declined 80 percent since 1980 and 75 percent in Austria between 1983 and 2003.  We’ve distributed more than 2.5 million bike helmets and 250,000 smoke alarms and checked more than 740,000 car seats.

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Contact Us

To find the nearest place to have your car seat checked Call (314) SSM-DOCS

For Program Questions:
Safekids St. Louis
Cathy Hogan
7980 Clayton Rd.
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 612-5770

At Work

If you need assistance with a car seat, the Safe Kids Mobile Passenger Safety Van will be at the following locations.



Mondays 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
1465 S. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO  63104

Tuesdays 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
1465 S. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO  63104

Thursdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Louis County Dept. of Health
4000 Jennings Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121





When can I turn the car seat to face forward?

An infant can be turned into the forward facing position when they are 18 months of age and weigh about 35 pounds. At this point, they can be placed in a forward facing seat with harnesses.  

Do I have to buy another car seat to switch from rear facing to forward facing?

It is not necessary to buy another car seat when you want to switch from the rear facing car seat to the front facing car seat, if you purchased a convertible car seat.  Before you make the switch, read the instructions that came with your car seat to determine harness placement, latch placement, and tether use. 

Where in the back seat do I place the car seat?

We have heard it time and time again that the back seat is the safest place for the child’s car seat whether it is forward facing or rear facing. But what part of that back seat is the safest place for that car seat? Placing the car seat in the middle of the back seat is forty three percent safer than placing it in any of the side areas of the back seat. If your vehicle back seat does not have a LATCH you can have the seat installed and the safety belt will keep the child secure in its seat.


Safe Kids Buckle Up is the largest, most comprehensive program of Safe Kids Worldwide®. Since 1996, the General Motors Corporation has served as Safe Kids Buckle Up's exclusive funding source and helped build Safe Kids Buckle Up into a multifaceted national initiative, bringing motor vehicle safety messages to children and families through community and dealer partnerships. In October 2004, Chevrolet became the lead partner of Safe Kids Buckle Up, bringing an added dimension to Safe Kids Buckle Up activities.


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There is a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of placing children in car seats, and rightfully so. Infants, toddlers and even older children are more vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident, no matter how big or small that accident may be.

 Why should the seat face to the rear?

 When there is a crash, then the car seat will take some of that force of the crash, and the rest will be spread throughout the bigger body areas. The adults have the seat belt that will send the force of the crash to the more strong body parts such as the hips and the shoulders. Unfortunately, infants do not have such strong body parts that would stand up to such heavy forces. Because the infants head is large and the neck is weak, there is greater incidence of injury of they are not protected during a crash. The rear facing car seat spreads the crash forces across the hips and breast bone while supporting the head, neck and back. When the car stops suddenly, it takes a period of time to come to a complete stop. The rear facing car seat assists by helping the body ride down the crash, causing less injury and trauma to the baby.

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