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The Eden Prairie Police Department blog provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the people who work there — their stories, their lives, their work in Eden Prairie and their thoughts on topics from driving to dogs.

Car Seats for Those in Need

Post Date:05/30/2019 11:00 a.m.

Officer Ryan Kuffel at a 2017 car seat clinicAt the EPPD we know how important it is for children to be properly strapped into car seats. Child safety seats save lives and, for kids who are both under 4’9” and under age 8, it’s the law. But car seats can be expensive. What happens when a family can’t afford one?

Luckily, the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety has a program called the Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Program which provides grants to cities in the form of new child safety seats that can be distributed to families who need them. Recently the EPPD learned that we will be receiving new car seats as a result of a grant request submitted by Officer Ryan Kuffel, one of the department’s three certified child safety seat inspectors.

The department will distribute the new car seats to low-income Eden Prairie families based on criteria provided in the grant.  If you would like to learn more about applying for a free car seat, please contact Officer Kuffel at 952-949-6200.

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