A mother posted a photo on Facebook of a little girl’s bruises resulting from a car accident, along with a story that taught a valuable lesson on car seat safety.
Heather Starr came across a story about a mother and her 3-year-old daughter’s recent car accident and the light it shed on the issue of proper chest clip placement.
“As you all know, I am super passionate about proper car seat safety. Here's an example of why,” Starr wrote in her Facebook post. “This is a 3-year-old girl who was just in a car accident. The bruising on her chest is from her chest clip on her 5 point harness. Notice it was correctly positioned on her chest, at armpit level right between her nipples. Clearly, there was some force to that accident. Had the clip been placed lower, she likely would have had organ damage and internal bleeding. Had it been placed higher, she could have been asphyxiated. (The ER doctor she saw confirmed these facts as well).”
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Starr went on to stress the importance of properly fastening children’s chest clips, and highlighted the all-too-common mistake of positioning the clip on a child’s belly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a study found that 72 percent of car seat boosters are misused in such a way that would increase injury in the event of a car crash.
“Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight,” the CDC advises.
“This little girl is walking away from a car accident with some uncomfortable chest bruising,” she wrote. “A couple inches difference and she wouldn't have been walking away at all. It's. THAT. Important."
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