Is this baby properly installed in this child-safety seat? A professional could tell us. At right is a photo Jenna Casado Rabberman posted on Facebook after her car accident. Her Honda CRV was totaled. Her sons' car seats, however, survived the accident beautifully and protected her little ones.
Maybe you were among the 168,000 or so people who hit the Like button on Facebook after seeing a Pennsylvania mom's post in the last week. Or the more than 304,000 people who shared it.
We certainly saw it, and the message that Jenna Casado Rabberman of Lancaster, Pa., conveyed was personal and powerful – and one all parents should note.
Her young sons – one almost 3, the other an infant – survived a potentially devastating car accident that her 2015 Honda CRV didn't because they were properly strapped into their car seats.
“We were minutes from home,” she wrote in her Sept. 26 Facebook post. “Another car slammed into us. You never think it will happen to you. My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra 2 minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly.”
In fact, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization that works to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries, reports that correctly used child-safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. However, three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly, according to the organization.
If you haven't already done so, make an appointment today with one of the number of agencies in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties that will inspect your child-safety seat at no charge. AAA Northway also offers car-seat inspections by appointment.
We love our TSL Adventures kids and want them to stay safe. That starts with a properly installed car seat.