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Buckle Up Those Babies!

Steve Wagner

A Louisiana mother is pleading with parents and caretakers across the country to take extra time this holiday season to brush up on child car seat safety rules and recommendations. RTV6 recently interviewed Holly Wagner, mother of 13-month-old Cameron Wagner who was killed in an auto accident in May of 2013. Holly Wagner is urging parents to heed car seat recommendations, as well as exceed the minimum limits for weight and height, as well as rear facing recommendations.

Holly’s son was killed when he was riding with her then-boyfriend. Cameron was placed in a forward facing seat (several months before he should have been in one, at the minimum), and his buckle was not fully latched. Holly says while she always ensured that his buckle was fully fastened, it hadn’t been long before that when she posted a picture on one of her social media accounts that showed her son in his car seat with his straps far too loose and twisted. She knows now that this was a mistake, but only when it’s too late. She regretfully remembers that no one said anything to her about the misused car seat, although she wishes someone who knew had spoken up, because it likely could have saved her son’s life.

Watch Holly’s full story on RTV6:

Wagner Reese wants to encourage you, especially during this busy travel and holiday season, to pay close attention to how your kiddos are buckled up. A few seconds to check an installation or to make sure straps are secure and tightened could mean the difference between life and death for your child.

If you have recently purchased a new car seat, be certain to fill out the registration information that is included with the seat, as this will allow the manufacturer to contact you easily in the event of a defect or a recall. Learn more about choosing the right car seat with this infographic.

If you see parents or caregivers who are struggling with car seat installation or proper restraint for a child, take a few seconds to help them get it right. Some may get offended at your assistance, but it is always better to offer and potentially save the life of a child than to not get involved and wish you had.

If your child has been injured in an auto accident, or if they have suffered injury due to a faulty car seat, the product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering damages for your suffering. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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