Jenna Casado Rabberman posted the photo to Facebook on Tuesday and it’s already been shared nearly 100,000 times.
Rabberman told ABC News she was driving her two young sons — Beckett, 2.5 and Brooks, 6 weeks — when she was in a crash.
Though the car was totaled, the boys were « completely unharmed. »
Alisa Baer, also known as The Car Seat Lady and an expert in car seat safety, said it’s not the first time she’s seen a child properly buckled into a properly installed car seat come away from a crash with no injuries. The three-person The Car Seat Lady advocacy group has installed a collective 45,000 car seats in its more than 30 years.
« We know car seats are very effective when used and even more effective used properly, » Baer told ABC News.
Rabberman said she’s a « pretty relaxed parent » in most ways, but not with car seats. « 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. »
Baer told ABC News there are four things often overlooked when it comes to proper car seat usage:
1. Transitioning too soon: This can be from rear-to-front facing or from a five-point-harness to a booster seat (where the vehicle seat belt is used as the form of restraint) and to just the seat belt alone.