Car-related injuries are the leading cause of death among young children. That’s why UCare wants to make sure your child is safe in the car. Through our SEATS program, we give free car seats and safety education to eligible UCare members who are either pregnant, or are children age 0 up to 8.* UCare works with Public Health and other agencies statewide to give car seats and safety education to members.
Knowing how to install and use a car seat is very important, and it's a requirement for a UCare member to get a free car seat. Depending on where you live, you can have in-home visits or go to classes to learn how to install and use the car seat the right way. Classes are taught in English, Hmong, and Spanish in the Twin Cities. Eligible members will be given one of the following types of car seats, based on the member’s age, weight, and height:
UCare Customer Services can help you get the name and phone number of a partnering agency in your county, or schedule an appointment to get a car seat. Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) or MinnesotaCare members, call 612-676-3200 or 1-800-203-7225 toll free, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. UCare Connect members, call 612-676-3395 or 1-877-903-0061 toll free, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are hearing impaired, please call our TTY line at 612-676-6810 or 1-800-688-2534 toll free.
*You must pre-register; typical wait time is two to three weeks. The seat style for each child will be decided by the agency that gives you the seat.
You must be a current UCare member to participate in the SEATS program.