A mum whose two-month-old baby was thrown from her car seat in an accident, is warning parents not to use unnecessary accessories on baby seats.
Hannah McKinney of Oaklahoma, took to Facebook to share details of her family's terrifying ordeal, explaining that sheepskin seat belt covers on her daughter Robin's seat, had placed her little one's life at risk.
"PSA to all parents and soon-to-be parents," she wrote. "These were on my two-month-old daughter's car seat when she was involved in a flip over car accident." Ms McKinney described that the vehicle cart wheeled twice before resting on its side.
"[Robin] was ejected from the seat due to the sheep skin seat belt covers," she wrote. "When we got to the vehicle all straps were tight and in tact plus car seat still in base still attached to seat but with the force of the vehicle the sheep skin slid against her shirt and made her go flying out."
Issuing a plea to parents not to put anything additional on a car seat "that did not come that way from the manufacturer," the mum admitted that they had learnt this lesson the hard way.
"I thank god everyday that he had his hands on her!" Ms McKinney wrote. "They may look cute and it may be soft but for your child's safety don't do it."
Fortunately, little Robin sustained only a hairline fracture on her upper arm.
- Seatbelt positioners - (A booster seat is safer)
- Buckle covers and other devices to stop a child from escaping from a restraint.
- Add-on chest clips designed to prevent the child from removing his/her arms from the harness that are not supplied with the restraint or certified under AS/NZ 8005.
- Belt tensioners and other fitting accessories that actively tighten the seatbelt.
- Seat belt extenders which position the buckle over, rather than beside, the child or introduce slack into the belt.
- Rigid toys or entertainment accessories which can be contacted by a child or can fly off and hit other car occupants.
- Sun shades or insect nets which cover the child and restraint.