Mom's Post Is a Devastating Reminder That Car Seat Safety Is Crucial
After losing her son in a car accident because he was in the wrong car seat, this mom wants to educate other parents about car seat safety.
Christine Miller lost her son in a car accident 12 years ago when he was only 3 years old. So devastating. And since Miller believes her son would still be alive if he had been properly restrained in a car seat with a five-point harness instead of in a booster seat at the time of the crash, she shared a post about car seat safety on Facebook on the anniversary of her little boy's death.
"12 years ago today was the last time I saw this beautiful smile, kissed his sweet face or felt his little arms wrap around my neck," she wrote. "I had no idea that morning with him would be the last time I heard his adorable laugh and sweet voice call me mommy and see his eyes lit up with life and wonder."
It's completely heartbreaking. And Miller says the hardest part is knowing how easily preventable it was. "That's the dagger that twists in my heart," she explains. "Had I just known about the dangers of booster seats for toddlers, had somebody warned me, I would have put him in a 5-point harness car seat...and that simple difference would have changed everything. It would have saved his life. It [would] have saved me from going through hell. I would have had the past 12 years of memories with my beautiful boy, instead of 12 years of grief and pain."
Now Miller is channeling all of her agony into making it her life's mission to prevent this tragedy from happening to anyone else. "Car accidents are the #1 killer of children, and statistics show that 80 to 90% of car seats are installed or used incorrectly!" she says. "Read that again and let it sink in. We are not protecting our children from the single greatest threat to their lives! It's madness. Think of all the awareness campaigns you see on a daily basis...none of those diseases pose as great of a risk of death as car accidents. We try to protect our kids from everything from pesticides, GMOs, sharp furniture corners and cancer, but then buckle them into unsafe car seats. This needs to change."
Miller then shared a video about Kyle's story in order to raise awareness about the importance of using a five-point harness if you have a toddler or young child.
"Please, if you have young children or know someone with young children, research proper car seat usage and talk about it with everyone you know," she pleads at the end of her post.
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Miller continues: "I've lost friends and family members because they were offended that I pointed out their incorrect car seat usage. But to say nothing and have another child's death on my conscience is not something I'm willing to risk. So please, speak up if you see a child in a dangerous situation. You could save a life."
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter