Mom's Shocking Accident Photo Shows The Importance Of Car Seat Safety

by Cassandra Stone
Image via Jenna Casado Rabberman

Proper car seat usage made all the difference for this family

When it comes to little ones and car seats, there’s nothing more important than making sure they’re buckled in correctly. Jenna Casado Rabberman knows firsthand how vital this is, as she and her two young boys were recently involved in a serious car accident.

Neither of her boys, ages three and six weeks old, were harmed in the accident. Rabberman credits proper buckling with saving both their lives.

“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 writes.

After her kids escaped the accident completely unscathed, she’s now reminding parents to buckle kids up properly even if they resist, or complain the straps are too tight, or don’t want to be rear-facing.

“We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday,” she writes. “We were minutes from home. 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.”

Image via Jenna Casado Rabberman

The photo itself is incredibly sobering, as you see the totaled remains of her car behind two perfectly intact car seats. That could be any one of us, at any time. It’s an important reminder to always make sure our kids are strapped in tightly, with the chest clips and harnesses in the correct places to prevent injury to our kids, even if we can’t always prevent accidents from happening.

“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 says.

The post has gone wildly viral, as it’s hitting home with parents everywhere. “The response has been mostly positive,” Rabberman tells Scary Mommy. “I’ve gotten so many PMs from moms saying they’re replacing faulty seats, turning older kids rear facing again, and making sure anyone who drives their child knows exactly how to buckle them in. All great things!”

She’s turned her terrifying experience into a reminder for all parents that we need to do everything we can to ensure proper car seat installation, strap placement and seat belt use.