When it comes to car seat straps this story shows how important it is to ensure your children are correctly clipped in.
Mothers should never have to feel guilty about nagging family and friends when it comes to car seats.
Some people might roll their eyes or laugh at the overprotective mother who goes on about the importance of our kids’ safety.
This story validates all the reasons why moms should continue to make it a priority, after this mom’s nagging helped her son remain safe during a car accident.
Rebecca Tafaro Boyer tells us of a serious experience her family encountered involving a car crash with her husband and infant son.
Her Facebook post has gone viral, because all parents can totally relate to being nagged about the car seat straps.
“Friends, let’s have a quick chat about something that some of my family members think makes me a super annoying overprotective mom – car seat safety,” Boyer begins.
If you can relate then put your hand up! Her husband sent a picture of her son in his car seat during an outing to her as she returned to work on her first day after her maternity leave.
Straight away Boyer spotted that his straps weren’t safe at all so here’s what she wrote:
“My nagging wife reply was to correct William’s position in the car seat – the straps were too loose and the chest clip was way too low,” she writes. “And because I know my husband, I’m sure that he laughed at me and rolled his eyes before tightening the car seat and fixing the chest clip.”
Thankfully in this instance, she didn’t feel guilty about “nagging” her husband and rightfully so because as it turns out a short time later they were involved in a car accident.
“David just didn’t have enough time to stop – it could have happened to anyone,” she writes. “He slammed on the brakes at nearly 50 miles an hour before colliding with the front passenger side door of her SUV. My precious little bundle of joy was so well restrained in his car seat, THAT HE DIDN’T EVEN WAKE UP.” He received a minor jolt during the impact — but not significant enough to wake him from his nap. He and his dad went to their local emergency department and baby William was checked out and declared completely fine.
Her husband, on the other hand, suffered a broken foot. But what’s most important here is that her son was okay — because she spoke up. “I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely,” she says.
“I can’t even begin to imagine how different the outcome could have been. I truly believe that the reason my family is at home sitting on the couch with a pair of crutches instead of down at the hospital is because of my annoying nagging mom voice.”
There have been endless instances with my toddler where others have taken my daughter back to their house so I can work.
I clip her in every time showing them exactly where everything needs to be strapped in correctly.
More often than not she comes home with the straps either too loose or the chest clip down near her diaphragm.
Now 99 percent of the time no one else takes her anywhere except myself and her dad.
Boyer explains that since her post went viral she has, in fact, learned so much about car seat manufacturing and safety regulations.
“All seats manufactured in the United States pass the same safety tests meet the same regulations,” she says. “So there is a safe seat out there for everyone! The most important part is that it is installed correctly and your baby is secured correctly in the seat.”
As her car seat has been deemed unsafe, her car insurance company have reimbursed her for the cost of a new one.
We hope this story comes as a valuable lesson to everyone about “nagging moms” and to understand it is for the safety of our children as they mean the world to us.
“The car is a loss, but cars can be replaced – my boys can’t.”
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