Urgent Warning Issued By Mom of 6-Year-Old Who’s Severely Injured By Seatbelt

Every country and state have different laws as to how long a child should remain in a car seat, but if you are thinking about letting your child drive without a booster seat, perhaps you should read this first.

It’s worth listening to what this mom has to say after she and her six–year-old daughter were involved in a car collision.

Shelly Martin, says that her daughter Samantha’s severe injuries could have been prevented, should she have been in a booster seat when the car crashed.

“The impact of the collision was such that the belt that was on the child opened up her abdomen area exposing her intestines. She also suffered severe head trauma.” Says the family’s GoFundMe page.

Martin said that her daughter’s intestines were literally out on the scene. She told CBS news:

She would not have been this hurt in a booster. Don’t think that just because your child is 7 or 8 years that they are too big…they aren’t!” She added, “If we can raise awareness and save another child then at least we can bring something good out of this.”

The APP recommends that once a child outgrows a forward-facing car seat, he or she should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until at least the age of 8 or until the seat belt fits correctly ( typically around the time when the child reaches 57 inches in height).

Children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat, to reduce the risk of injury from airbags being deployed.

Samantha spent 3 weeks in ICU after the accident and was released at the end of October.

Hayley Malan

Hayley Malan is a full time working Mom and freelance writer. She gets her inspiration from her own experiences as a mother.

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