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Last week was Car Seat Safety Week so I wanted to take a moment and share with you a few experiences that have happened to friends of mine and a couple that have happened within 10 miles of my home.
A friend of mine from college was in a car accident with her 6-month-old baby. Fortunately, she had been to a Car Seat Safety check recently to ensure her car seat was installed. The car rolled over, upside down, but the baby was safe and the paramedics were able to safely remove him with NO injuries!
A childhood friend was in an accident just one year ago this month with her 9-year-old. He’d unbuckled his seat without her knowledge, for just a second, to grab something. In that instant, her car rolled several times in an accident. Fortunately, they were on the way home from an away game and people they knew were near them and saw the accident and were able to call for help immediately. Her son suffered a traumatic brain injury, among other things, but has made a miraculous recovery over the past year. He’s not 100% yet, but he’s made remarkable progress!
In the area that we live in, there is a serious drug problem, specifically people driving under the influence. There are daily DUI accidents in our area, many requiring the helicopter service to fly people to Trauma Centers. It’s awful and sad, but worse when there are innocent children involved. The local authorities and big box stores have been offering FREE Car Seat Safety Checks on a regular basis and by appointment anytime at the local police station. While we can all take precautions with our own driving, we cannot anticipate what a driver under the influence will do behind the wheel. I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure your most precious cargo – your children – are as safe as possible inside your vehicle.
When my kids were younger and in car seats, I went to a car seat safety check myself. I’d done tons of research on how to properly install the seats, read the manuals, and spent hours installing them. I went to the Safety Check just for peace of mind and was surprised, but thankful when they found adjustments that needed to be done. I had some seat protectors under the seats that they removed for safety reasons and some sunshades attached to the side windows that they removed. They told me that certain items can become projectiles in accidents, and for safety, they needed to be removed. We followed their advice and removed them.
Finally, while it’s important for parents to have a Car Seat Safety Check, it’s also important for Grandparents, Babysitters, and anyone else that may be transporting your child to attend these to ensure that your child is as safe as possible every time they are transported somewhere!