Parents of infants and toddlers know the fear of driving with your child in the backseat. Suddenly, every other driver seems reckless and you want to do everything in your power to keep your young loved ones extra safe.
Having a car seat for your child is an absolute must. According to the CDC, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%, and to toddlers (aged 1—4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles. But car seats are only helpful if you are using them correctly.
Ashley Kulm created a Facebook page demonstrating the right way to fasten a child into a car seat and the dangers of doing it the wrong way. The "Mr. Bones Safety" page may seem morbid, but it's memorable. Hopefully, parents will always keep it in mind when travelling with their young children.
Pictured above is the correct way to fasten in your child, with the chest clip secured over the chest. Seems fairly common sense, but many parents neglect to do it the proper way. Hopefully, the image of Mr. Bones will be seared into their brains and remind them.
Pictured here is an incorrect way to fasten in your child. The chest clip must be fastened on the chest, at armpit level. If it's too low, it can lead to ejection from the seat or damage to internal organs. If it's too high, it can lead to asphyxiation.
Heather Starr ”” an advocate of proper child car seat safety ”” posted this photo on Facebook last year of a 3-year-old girl who was in a car accident. She was properly fastened into her car seat and, as you can see, sustained only minor bruising.
Education group SafetyTalks capitalized on Starr's photo and made a Facebook post featuring the above diagram. It illustrates the location of a child's vital organs, and just how essential it is to practice proper placement of the chest clip.
So next time you take your child with you while driving, remember Mr. Bones, and strap them in carefully and correctly. It will ensure their safety while you drive. Unfortunately, it won't ensure they don't drive you crazy on the way.