A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

With so many car accidents
happening daily, the safety of our kids on the roads is something that cannot
be ignored. When Rebecca Tafaro Boyer, from Tennessee, saw that her son was
improperly buckled into his car seat, she immediately urged her husband to fix
the harness, and it played a crucial role in an accident they got into. This
mom’s story has proven that you can never be too cautious when it comes to your
child’s car safety.
Here at Bright Side we got
inspired by the lesson Rebecca taught other parents, and we want to tell you
more about the proper ways to adjust your kid’s car seat harness.
A mom’s “overprotective” urge
to fix the car seat harness saved her kid right before a car crash.
A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

Rebecca’s husband, David, and
their son, William, were preparing for their drive to another city. In one of
the pics from her husband, the mom saw that her kid wasn’t properly buckled in
his car seat: the harness straps were too loose and the chest clip was located
way too low. The woman insisted that he tighten the straps and fix the chest
clip.
It turned out Rebecca’s
comment came just in time — 15 minutes later her husband called her and said
that he and William had gotten into a car crash. Little William was safe and
sound. He was so securely fastened in the car seat, that he didn’t even wake up
when the car crash happened.
A poorly adjusted car seat harness
can lead to severe injuries in the case of a car accident.

A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know
According to car seat safety
experts, many parents don’t realize how dangerous a poorly adjusted harness is,
and continue to buckle their kids improperly in their car seats. Loose, uneven,
or twisted straps, the incorrect position of the chest clip, and failure to
adjust the harness as the child grows — are only some of the mistakes parents
continue to make.
Safety experts have come up
with harnessing strategies that will help you securely position your child in a
car seat and rest assured that your child is safe.

Position the chest clip at
your kid’s armpit level.



A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know
The aim of the chest clip is
to keep the harness straps where they belong during a car crash, and thus keep
your child in their place.

  • The right place for a chest
    clip is at the child’s armpit level.
  • If the clip is placed too low
    it may apply too much force to the soft parts of the body.
  • If the clip is located too
    high (like right below the chin), it can bruise the kid’s neck or throat.
Make sure the harness straps
are not twisted.


A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

Twisted straps may bind into
the locking mechanisms of the car seat and give you a false sense that the
straps are tightened, when they’re not. A twisted strap will also apply more pressure
to the child’s body, worsening the impact of the car crash.

  • Make sure all the straps lay
    flat and even.
  • Slide twisted straps through a
    buckle or a chest clip to make them straight again.
Properly tighten the harness
straps and make sure they are even.


A Mom Who Saved Her Child in a Car Accident Shares 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

If the straps of the harness
are too loose, the child will move out of the car seat shell in the case of a
car accident, and can even be thrown entirely out of the seat.

  • A strap is tight enough when
    you can’t pitch any of it between your fingers in the area of the child’s
    shoulders.
  • Make sure that the straps are
    evenly tightened, otherwise the force of the crash will not be evenly
    distributed, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Don’t forget to place the
    chest clip at armpit level after you adjust the straps.
Did you know that buckling a
child into a car seat had so many nuances? Tell us in the comments, and feel
free to share this info with other parents!





SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.