A Pennsylvania mother has shared a photo on Facebook which should serve as a sobering reminder to parents everywhere. The photo shows the aftermath of a car crash – and proves the importance of buckling your kids into proper booster seats.
The photo, posted by mother and driver Jenna Casado Rabberman, shows the remains of her 2015 Honda CR-V after a horrendous incident. Rabberman says she was travelling with her two children, aged two years and six weeks, when another driver 'sped through a red light' and slammed into them.
Luckily for Rabberman and her young passengers, nobody was injured in the incident, which she puts down to the full-sized car seats her kids were in.
Posted in a comment alongside the photo, she said: "My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra two minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly.
"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 and Chicco [the car seat manufacturers])."
Currently the regulations in the UK mandate that children under the age of 12 or 135cm must ride in a car seat. These must be rear-facing until the child is 15 months old, and have to be high-backed until the child is over 22kg, at which point a booster cushion is allowed.