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7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203

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Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of serious injury to children over the age of one. In South Carolina, four out of five car seats are installed or used improperly, increasing the risk of injury to our children.

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Buckle Buddies is a public service program focused on reducing unintentional injury to children in motor vehicle collisions. A properly installed and used car seat can reduce the chance of serious injury to your child in a motor vehicle collision by up to 71 percent. We work with many other organizations in the community to provide education and hands-on services to caregivers. Our car seat inspectors are nationally certified child passenger safety technicians – ready to answer your questions and assist with keeping your smallest passengers safe on the road.

Currently, we serve Newberry, Fairfield, Richland and Lexington counties.

Car Seat Purchasing Program

Our partners include:

  • South Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Network
  • Safe Kids Midlands
  • City of Columbia Police Department
  • Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lexington City Police Department
  • Irmo Fire District
  • DHEC Office of Injury Prevention
  • Department of Social Services, Richland County
  • SC Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Transportation
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol
  • Richland County Sheriff’s Department
  • Safe Kids South Carolina
  • Palmetto Health
  • West Columbia Fire Department
  • Batesburg-Leesville Police Department


Contact us

To learn more about Buckle Buddies, or to order promotional items to spread the word in your area, contact us via phone at 803-434-2955 or email at

Mailing address

7 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 7186
Columbia, SC 29203

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