Mom Posts Photos Flipping Her Child In A Car Seat To Make An Important Point About Safety

Every parent with children who use car seats should read this.

A few weeks ago when Rachel McNamara was adjusting the straps on her son's car seat, she thought it would be interesting to put it through a test. She buckled her son in properly, and flipped him around in it. After her husband took a few photos, she decided to upload them to Facebook to make an important point about safety. 

"After strapping your child into their car seat, ask yourself if you'd be comfortable flipping it upside down,"she captioned the photo. "Remember that the chest clip should be at armpit level and the straps should be tight enough to pass the pinch test."

The post has since been shared nearly 50,000 times and has over 11,000 likes. 

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As the photo began to go viral, McNamara edited the caption to add some additional information about car seat safety as well as a clarification. 

"First, I'd like to clarify that I'm not advocating that parents should be flipping their kids upside down before every car ride," she wrote. "Just that they should feel confident that their child would be safe IF the car seat was flipped over in an accident. I think this is a great visual and shows just how important proper car seat use is."

She went on to explain the importance of reading through your child's car seat manual extremely thoroughly and tell readers some tips for ensuring their children are buckled properly. 

"Car accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in children," she continued. "People might also say '20 years ago I didn't even wear a seatbelt and I'm perfectly fine!' Well, that person got lucky. There are many children who are not alive today to tell their story. Times have changed. There are more drivers on the road today. We have more distracted drivers due to cell phones. We also know a lot more than we knew back then about children's bones and development. Car seats are constantly evolving to become safer. There was once a time when cars didn't even have seat belts or airbags. Do you know why cars have seat belts and air bags now? Yup! Because it's SAFER." 

Hopefully, McNamara's post will encourage more parents to learn the ins and outs of car seat safety and remind them that accidents can happen at anytime so proper safety precautions should be always be taken. 

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