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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.
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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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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

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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.

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