Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Car Seat Safety

(Pictured: The car that hit my mom)

I rushed out of the studio yesterday around 3:30 after receiving a call from my mom. She and Olivia had been involved in a car accident.

They were stopped at a light on Highway 99 and got rear-ended by a car going too fast, not paying attention.

After hearing my mom repeat "She's ok, she's ok...we're ok..." I instantly remembered two weeks ago when we were at the Police Department getting our car seats checked.

Yep. Two weeks ago exactly we made appointments because I had some sort of feeling inside that said "It's probably a good idea to see if we actually installed these things correctly..." so my mom made an appointment.

Do you know how glad I am that we took a few minutes out of our day to show up and have our car seats inspected? I don't know if words can explain it. See, it turns out we DIDN'T have then installed right. Go figure. All those instructions can be tricky, plus, every car is different. So the two women who volunteer their time to keep kids safe helped us re-install the seat properly.

Did you know that 7 out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in? Mine was one of them.

So.... I'll be you can guess what I am now a STRONG advocate of. Yep. Car seat safety. I've done a little research for you, and I found this website:

You can find a place right near your house. It's free. It's so simple. And it's so very important.

And at the very least, you can check the website out and make sure all your seats are up to code and have not had a recall placed on them.

And to the women who volunteer their time at the police station I visited, I thank you so so so much. From one mother to another, thank you.


1 comment:

mrschristina said...

Is Olivia still in that car seat? After a car seat's been in an accident, the structural integrity is compromised. It's best to get a new car seat so that if the worst happens again, she'll be safe.