Her Baby Was Unscathed In A Car Crash Thanks To Her 'Overprotective' Instincts

"I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely."

It's no secret that car seat safety for kids is extremely important. Safekids.org reports that "road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States." What's more, when child car seats are used correctly, they can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

Mom Rebecca Tafaro Boyer is sharing her story to raise more awareness about this issue. On July 14, she wrote a Facebook post highlighting why there's nothing wrong with being "overprotective" when it comes to car seat safety.

The Tennessee-based mom reveals that it was her first day back from maternity leave and her husband was out with their baby. "I demanded that my husband [David] send me hourly updates and recaps on how baby William was handling his first day away from mommy," she explained. "This afternoon around 2:15, I got a text from my hubby during their trip to Walgreens. My nagging wife reply was to correct William's position in the car seat."

She explained that the straps were too loose and the chest clip was way too low. She knows that her husband probably laughed and/or rolled his eyes at the comment, but he adjusted the clips accordingly.

It's a good thing he did, because just 15 minutes later, Boyer got a call that David and William had been in a car accident.

The father and son were less than three miles from the house when a car reportedly pulled into oncoming traffic to try and make a quick left turn. David didn't have time to stop and had to slam on his brakes while going 50 miles per hour.

The car collided with the front passenger side door of the SUV that was turning. The car was totaled, but Boyer reports that the nobody was very seriously injured.

"My precious little bundle of joy was so well restrained in his car seat, THAT HE DIDN’T EVEN WAKE UP." she wrote.

The impact of the two cars only gave William a minor jolt, but it was so small he was able to continue his nap.

The two were taken to the hospital. William was checked out and deemed OK, but David suffered three breaks in his foot and three dislocated toes and there was initially potential that he needed surgery.

She continues by stating how infants should be in rear-facing car seats in the back seat until the age of two and be "snuggly" secured with a five-point harness. She credits her husband for ensuring William was strapped in to his seat correctly for keeping him safe during the accident. 

"I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely," she stated. "I can't even begin to imagine how different the outcome could have been. I truly believe that the reason my family is at home sitting on the couch with a pair of crutches instead of down at the hospital is because of my annoying nagging mom voice."

Boyer also highlighted how car seats that have been in moderate to severe crashes are defective, so she she throwing out her the car seat and buying the same $200 Britax model  that protected her son.

After the post received numerous shares, Boyer posted an update.

She claims she isn't an expert on car seat knowledge as a new mom, but is aware "there are millions of people out there riding around with precious cargo who genuinely don't know that their child could be in a compromising position."  Thankfully, many other parents are sharing their own car seat safety stories, as well as demonstrating the correct ways to safely secure a child in a car seat.  

Boyer encouraged people to keep spreading the word on car seat safety and check out SafeKids.org for more information. She concluded, "Feel free to share if you think that this post will help educate someone you love in protecting their little miracles!"

(H/T: Scary Mommy)

Cover image via  Maria Sbytova I Shutterstock

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