A mother in Pennsylvania is crediting God – and her car seats – for keeping her young children safe after a horrific car accident.
On Tuesday, Jenna Casado Rabberman posted a photo showing her badly totaled Honda CRV–- crumpled up like an accordion – next to two perfectly intact car seats.
Rabberman wrote that that sons, ages 3 years and 6 weeks – were in the car when they stopped for milk on the way home from preschool on Monday and a car slammed into them.
The thankful mother warned other parents not to discount the importance of buckling their children into their car seats properly every single time, “even when they scream because the straps are tight” and “even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing.”
“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,” Rabberman wrote.
Rabberman said that she and her kids are “fine” and that everything – including the car, which she named Yoshi, and the car seats – can be replaced.
Her post soon went viral, with more than 144 reactions, 62,000 comments and nearly 270,000 shares by Friday morning.
“Sending thanks to God for keeping us safe (along with Honda, Graco & Chicco),” Rabberman wrote.
Alisa Baer, known as The Car Seat Lady for her expertise in car seat safety, told ABC News that the incident isn’t the first time she’s seen a child properly buckled into a properly installed car walk away from a crash with no injuries.
“We know car seats are very effective when used and even more effective used properly,” she said.
Baer said everyone, including adults, needs to be buckled properly, especially while riding in the back seat.
(H/T: ABC News)