A mother recently posted on Facebook the story of how her young sons escaped without a scratch after a horrific car accident. According to a report on Refinery29.com, Jenna Rabberman posted a photo on Facebook of her severely damaged car after the accident with her sons’ two car seats in the front, seemingly unscathed. The car seats, she said, are why her sons did not suffer serious injuries in the car accident. She says this is the reason you buckle kids into their car seats correctly every single time. She says it’s important to do this even when kids get fussy or complain about discomfort.
Saved By the Car Seat
According to Rabberman, she and her sons were just minutes away from home and had stopped by to buy milk on the way back from pre-school when another car slammed into them head-on. The kids escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told her that it could have been very different had she not taken the extra two minutes to make sure they were buckled properly.
The children, ages 3 years and 6 weeks respectively, were safe thanks to their mom’s diligence. Rabberman’s post has gone viral with more than 235,000 shares. She says the response has been overwhelmingly positive with moms telling her they are replacing older seats and making sure they buckle their children in their seats properly.
Using a Car Seat Properly
According to recent statistics, about 618,000 children between the ages of 0 and 12 were found riding in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seatbelt at least some of the time, in one year, in the United States. About 46 percent of car and booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness. Also, 90 percent of car seats are not used properly. Three – is the average number of errors commonly found in the installation of the average car seat with the two most frequent errors being that the seat is too loosely secured to the vehicle and the child is loosely strapped into the car seat.
These could become fatal errors in the event of a car crash. In this particular case, the car accident happened very close to the family’s home. That is not a rare occurrence. A vast majority of car accidents do occur close to people’s homes. Any complacency in not buckling children in their seats properly could prove tragic.
Car Seat Safety Tips
Here are a few tips to make sure your children are safe in your vehicle:
- Make sure your child rides in the back seat. This is usually the safest place for a child in the event of a crash. If your vehicle has a passenger airbag, your child under 12 must ride in the back.
- Make sure infants ride facing the rear until they are a year old and at least 20 to 22 pounds.
- Be sure to read your safety seat manual for instructions on properly using it.
- Check to see that the safety belt holds the seat tightly in place. Put the belt through the correct slot. The safety belt must stay tight when securing the safety seat.
- Make sure the harness is buckled snugly around your child.
- Have children over 40 pounds use a booster seat.
- Check how the safety belt fits on older children. The child must be tall enough to site without slouching, with knees bent at the edge of the seat, with feet on the floor.
- Finally, always use a car seat regardless of where you are going and the proximity of travel.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, contact the Tempe car accident attorneys at the Pew Law Center to better understand your legal rights and options. We may be able to help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.