A mother’s powerful photo of a completely totaled car with two unscathed car seats in front is going viral on social media.
According to ABC News, shortly after Jenna Casado Rabberman posted the photo of her destroyed car on Facebook, it was shared more than 100,000 times.
Along with a shocking photo of the crash, Rabberman wrote on Facebook:
“I'm not one to post anything too heavy or personal on Facebook but guys... THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time. Even when they scream because the straps are tight. Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing. We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday. We were minutes from home. Another car slammed into us. You never think it will happen to you. 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. I will be fine, my kids are fine, everything else can be replaced. Sending thanks to God for keeping us safe (along with Honda, Graco & Chicco).”
Rabberman revealed that she was driving with her two sons— Beckett, 2.5 and Brooks, 6 weeks—when she got into a horrible car accident.
While Rabberman’s car was totaled in the crash, her children escaped the accident without a scratch, thanks to their car seats.
Alisa Baer, a car seat expert known as The Car Seat Lady online, said this photo shows how a properly installed car seat can save a life.
In the 30 years that it’s been around, The Car Seat Lady advocacy group has installed a whopping 45,000 car seats.
"We know car seats are very effective when used and even more effective used properly," Baer told ABC News.
As for Rabberman, she thinks she is “a pretty relaxed parent,” but never when it comes to car seats and her children’s safety.
"I feel like it's such an easy thing that I can do to keep them safe," she said. "I know that I would never be able to forgive myself if anything happened to my children because I didn't take the time to do something so simple to protect them. I don't think any parent could live with that."
At the end of the day, Rabberman hopes that her family’s experience will serve as a warning to other parents.
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