On Friday, a one year old Philadelphia child somehow fell out of a moving car, and was subsequently run over and killed by the same car.
That same day, I witnessed a woman and a young child getting into a car at a local convenience store. The child could not have been older than five. The child got into the front seat of the car. I didn’t see any kind of car or booster seat.
There have been times when I have been tempted to take short cuts. My kids can unbuckle their own seat belts now, and they often ask to do so before we have come to a complete stop. They ask if they need to buckle their booster seats when we go to church, which is literally a two minute drive from our home. Yes, sometimes it seems like it would be “no big deal” to give in to stuff like this. But stories like the one above are a sobering reminder that we need to be careful and vigilant, all the time.
Its unclear exactly what happened to the child from Philadelphia. But it seems fairly obvious that the child was not secured in any kind of safety seat. Please take this opportunity to re-commit to making sure that your child is strapped in each and every time, no matter how short the drive. Make sure you are using a car or booster seat appropriate for your child’s age and weight, and that the seat is installed correctly. And if you find that your children are starting to unbuckle their own seats at inappropriate times, like mine are, consider a product like the Angel Guard seat belt cover, which makes buckles nearly impossible for kids to open, while remaining simple for adults to operate.
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