CAR SEAT SAFETY - A MUST READ!

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CAR SEAT SAFETY WARNING! IMPORTANT PLEASE READ!

 

A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN A THOUGHT POPPED INTO MY HEAD THIS IS HOW THE STORY GOES:-

 

I AM A MOTHER OF 2 GIRLS NOW AGED 5 AND 1. WHEN MY 5 YEAR OLD WAS JUST 8 MONTHS OLD I WAS INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT. AT SOME POINT THE CAR ROLLED 3 TIMES CAUSING EVERYTHING THAT WAS NOT SECURED IE: DRINKS BOTTLES, HANDBAG, MOBILE PHONE ETC TO FLY AROUND THE CAR UNCONTROLLABLY. AT THE TIME I DIDN'T THINK MUCH OF IT EXCEPT FROM TO ENSURE I NO LONGER LOAD HEAVY ITEMS OF SHOPPING INTO THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR IF THERE WAS NO SPACE LEFT IN THE BOOT BUT TO INSTEAD LOAD HEAVY ITEMS INTO THE BOOT AND THINGS LIKE CRISPS AND BREAD ONTO THE BACK SEAT. THE REASON FOR THIS IS, THAT HARMLESS 2L BOTTLE OF FIZZY FOR EXAMPLE CAN BECOME YOU OR YOUR CHILDS KILLER IN THE EVENT OF A COLLISION.

FAST FORWARD 4 YEARS TO JANUARY 2006 WHEN MY 2nd DAUGHTER WAS BORN. THE PAST EVENTS KEPT SPRINGING INTO MY MIND AND I WAS ANXIOUS ABOUT THE SAME THING HAPPENING AGAIN. ONE NIGHT AS I LAY IN BED IT OCCURED TO ME THAT SHOULD A SIMILAR OR WORSE ACCIDENT HAPPEN WHEN MY 5 YEAR OLD WAS AT SCHOOL AND SO THEREFORE NOT IN HER CAR SEAT (WHICH WAS ONLY SECURED IN THE CAR WHEN SHE SAT IN IT!) WHERE WOULD THE CAR SEAT END UP IF MY CAR WAS TO ROLL? THE SIMPLE ANSWER TO THIS WAS EITHER SMASHED INTO THE BACK OF MY HEAD OR WORSE IT COULD POTENTIALLY BE MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTERS KILLER!

WHAT WAS THE SOLUTION?

SIMPLE! - SPEND £110.00 ON AN ISOFIX CAR SEAT WHICH IS PERMANENTLY SECURED TO THE CAR.

SOME OF THE PARENTS AT MY DAUGHTERS SCHOOL SAY THIS IS A BIT EXTREME, I ALWAYS ASK THEM WHY. THE USUAL REPLY IS WHY BUY ANOTHER CAR SEAT WHEN YOU DON'T NEED ONE? I REPLY - £110.00 IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR THE SAFETY OF MY DAUGHTER AND ANYONE ELSE TRAVELLING IN MY CAR. IT'S JUST NOT WORTH TAKING THE RISK WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR CHILRENS SAFETY. THERE LIFE IS YOU RESPONSABILITY DONT LET IT BE YOUR FAULT THEY WERE KILLED BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T SPARE £110.00 ON A CAR SEAT THAT WON'T FLY AROUND THE CAR UNCONTROLLABLY IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT!

 

I AM VERY PRO ROAD SAFETY ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN. THE POINTS ABOVE ARE FACTS. ANYONE TRAVELLING IN A VEHICLE WHERE AN ITEM IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY SECURED THAT ITEM COULD BECOME THERE KILLER.

THIS INCLUDES DOGS! THEY CAN AND WILL KILL YOU, EVEN IN A LOW SPEED COLLISION, THAT DOG WILL HURTLE FORWARD AND CRUSH YOU OR YOUR PASSENGERS!

 

JUST THINK!

 

 

PLEASE DO NOT SEND OFFENSIVE EMAILS ABOUT MY GUIDES. THE ABOVE STORY IS TRUE AND I HAVE LEARNT FROM MY MISTAKE. I HOPE YOU DO TOO.

 

THANK YOU FOR READING MY GUIDE AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO PLACE YOUR VOTE. SEE BELOW.

 

 

THE POINT OF THIS GUIDE IS TO WARN UNSUSPECTING PARENTS AND CARERS OF THE DANGERS OF CAR SEATS THAT ARE SECURED ONLY WHEN THE CHILD IS SITTING IN THEM WITH A SEAT BELT ON! THIS REFERS TO BOOSTER SEATS WHICH ARE SUITABLE FROM 3 YEARS AS CAR SEATS FOR CHILDREN LESS THAN 3 YEARS ARE USUALLY SECURED BY A SEAT BEAT AND HAVE A BUILT IN INTEGRAL 5 POINT HARNESS.

 

 

YOU MUST ALSO CHECK THAT ANY ISOFIX CAR SEAT YOU WISH TO PURCHASE IS SUITABLE FOR THE CARS IN WHICH YOU WISH TO USE THE SEAT IN, AS NOT ALL SEATS ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL CARS. MOST MANUFACTURERS HAVE A LIST OF COMPATIBLE CARS FOR EACH CAR SEAT MODEL ON THERE WEBSITE BUT FAILING THIS CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL BABY STORE FOR FURTHER ADVICE.

 

I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT THE CAR SEAT MY DAUGHTER WAS IN DURING THE COLLISION WAS A MAMAS AND PAPAS 0-9 MONTHS SEAT, THIS SEAT SAVED HER LIFE...BUT...THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER THAT THE SEAT HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT - I KNOW WE HEAR IT ALL THE TIME, BUT ITS FOR A VERY GOOD REASON, DO NOT EVER BUY A SECOND HAND CAR SEAT - WORST CASE SCENARIO WOULD BE THAT EVEN A VERY LOW SPEED HEAD ON COLLISION COULD CAUSE THE DAMAGED CAR SET TO LITERALLY CRUMBLE AND CAUSE FURTHER INJURY TO YOUR CHILD.

 

ON EVERY JOURNEY MAKE SURE ALL YOUR PASSENGERS A WEARING SEATBELTS (INCLUDING DOGS) - IF THEY REFUSE TO, THEN TELL THEM YOU WILL NOT BE MOVING FROM 'THAT SPOT' UNTIL EVERYBODY HAS THERE SEATBELT ON. THEY'LL SOON GET BORED WITH WAITING, AND IF THEY DON'T THEN YOU WILL NEED TO PERSIVERE AND REMAIN ADAMANT THE VEHICLE WILL NOT BE MOOVING UNTIL ALL SEATBEALTS ARE WORN. IF DURING THE JOURNEY THEY REMOVE THERE SEATBELT - FING THE SAFEST PLACE TO PULL OVER AND START AGAIN, REFUSING TO MOVE UNTIL ALL SEATBELTS ARE WORN. IT'LL TAKE 1 WEEK MAX BEFORE THEY HAVE LEART YOU MEAN WHAT YOUR SAYING. IF YOUR ON YOUR WAY TO SCHOOL THEN POINT OUT TO THE CHILDREN THEY'LL BE LATE AND LOOK A BIT SILLY HAVING TO WALK INTO THE CLASS BY THEMSELF BECAUSE THEY ARE LATE, THE THOUGHT OF THIS EMBARESMENT SHOULD HOPEFULLY DO THE TRICK.

 

THANK YOU FOR READING MY GUIDE

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