As parents, you know to never start the car without strapping your kids into a car seat, but one mom from Pennsylvania took to Facebook after a scary incident to remind parents just how important it is to check how your kids are securely strapped in, every single time.
Jenna Casado Rabberman of what use to be her Honda CRV after getting in a car accident with her young boys.
"I'm not one to post anything too heavy or personal on Facebook but guys . . . THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time," she wrote in a post that has now been shared over 100,000 times. "Even when they scream because the straps are tight. Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing. We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday. We were minutes from home. Someone sped through a red light and slammed into us. You never think it will happen to you."
Her boys were able to come out of the accident without a scratch, but at the scene paramedics explained that it could have been a different story had she not taken the time to make sure her children were strapped in correctly.
"I will be fine, my kids are fine, everything else can be replaced. Sending thanks to God for keeping us safe (along with Honda, Graco & Chicco)," she wrote.
Of course, your child's safety is a top priority, but Rabberman's story is just an extra reminder to always double check the straps before starting the car. Rachel Rothman, Technical and Engineering Director of the , says these are the things you should be keeping in mind when it comes to car seat safety:
- Buy a car seat that is age and size appropriate. Resist the urge to deviate from this so you can better see your child or other reasons.
- Make sure that when installing a car seat the LATCH straps or seatbelt straps are not twisted.
- A properly installed car seat should not move more than one inch from side to side and front to back.
- Read the car seat instruction manual as well as the vehicle owner manual for proper installation instructions.
- Be sure to check the return policy on your seats or you could be stuck with something that doesn't even fit into your car.
- Delaying the change to front-facing seats as late as possible drastically improves passenger safety. So before you make the switch from rear to front, make sure your child truly has outgrown his or her car seat.