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Palmetto Health Children's Hospital

7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203

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Car Seat Purchasing Program

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of accidental childhood death and injury

Properly installed and used car seats are necessary to keep children safe while traveling on the road. However, 90 percent of those on the road are not installed or used correctly. This misuse decreases car seat effectiveness in the event of an incident.

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and our Buckle Buddies program are happy to make new and safe car seats available to families of the Midlands. Car seats can be purchased at cost on the fourth floors of Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist at the Birthplace. The intention of this program is to make new and safe car seats accessible and affordable to all families in the Midlands. This program aims to increase the safe travel of children and reduce accidental injury or death.

About the program

  • Open to the general public, including patients delivering at Palmetto Health hospitals.
  • Two discounts are available when purchasing a seat:
    • Medicaid discount - Medicaid recipients (parent or child) may receive a discount at time of purchase by showing your Medicaid card.
    • Educational discount - This discount is available to anyone who attends one of our monthly child passenger safety classes. To attend a class, visit our calendar of events to see dates/times/locations – then call 296-CARE (2273) to register.
  • Discount amounts vary depending on the seat being purchased.

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital works with Buckle Buddies to offer other assistance with child passenger safety, including free monthly child passenger safety classes and car seat check-ups. Nationally-certified technicians are available on-site to assist parents or caregivers with car seat installation and usage, answering any questions they may have. All of these events are free and are designed to decrease the accidental injury or death in children.

The following types of car seats are available:

  • Infant carrier seat
  • Convertible seat (rear- and forward-facing)
  • Combination seat (forward-facing with a high-weight harness)
  • Backless booster seat

Pricing guidelines

Car seat description Minimum weight Minimum height Maximum weight Maximum height Full price Medicaid discount Educational discount End price
Infant carrier, rear facing
Evenflo Embrace 35 4 lbs.   35 lbs.   $75 $10 $20 $45
Convertible (selection dependent on stock)
Cosco Scenera or Evenflo Tribute
Rear-facing 5 lbs.   35 lbs.   $45 $10 $25 $10
Forward-facing 22 lbs.   40 lbs.          
Forward-facing/booster seat combination
Evenflo SecureKid
Used with 5 point harness 22 lbs. 29 in. 65 lbs.   $85 $15 $40 $30
Used as high-back booster 40 lbs.   110 lbs. 57 in.        
No-back booster (selection dependent on stock)
Juvenile Harmony or Evenflo Big Kid 30 lbs. 34 in.  100 lbs. 52 in. $15 $3 $7 $5

All fabrics are gender neutral. For more details on the specific brands/models of seats available and the discount amounts, email BuckleBuddies@PalmettoHealth.org.


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