Child Safety: Tighten your car seats!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 2 comments
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I read all the posts a few weeks ago about the car seats kinda halfheartedly - I mean I'm NEVER going to be in a wreck - right?


Yesterday morning, for some reason, I decided I just had to tighten up the girls' seats.

I remembered someone saying how they basically climbed in, and used their knees to tighten them up as much as possible.

So I did that and took up about 2" from both of them.

Yesterday afternoon we were involved in a major wreck (to me at least).

My van is probably totaled, and the other car definitely is.

My middle daughter bumped her head because she had the shoulder belt behind her, but she's okay.

The car seats held firmly.

My seat belt came undone somehow, and I ended up in the back with the kids.

This morning we are all bruised and sore.

Image: Diono Mighty Tite Car Seat Tightner
Diono Mighty Tite Car Seat Tightner
So please don't ever ignore or brush off the importance of seat belts, and especially those car seats!

If not for them, my kids might be really hurt today!

Thanks to Ginger for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Diono Mighty Tite Car Seat Tightner -- ISO 9002 certified factory quality inspection. Child proof release. Small size works with all carriers and car seats. Crash tested in US and Europe. Anyone can tighten a car seat in seconds

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  1. Teddi14 says:

    I have a lens about car seats and their safety... Good reading. Check it out at: Please let me know if I can add this link to my lens. Thanks, Teddi

  2. Yes, thanks , I would love it if you added Frugal Baby Tips to your lens.

    I checked out your car seat page, and found it very helpful. We will be buying car seats soon, and I appreciate having the resource.

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