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2 Car Seats, 1 Accident, 2 Dramatically Different Outcomes for Little Girls

The Short of It

A mom shares how two differently installed car seats led to two dramatically different outcomes for her daughters after a horrifying car accident.

The Lowdown

Australian mom, Angela Brown, was returning from a dentist appointment in February when she says her life changed forever. She detailed in a post on Facebook how her SUV slammed into a tree, flipped over, and was then struck by the tree while in an upside-down position.

Brown's two daughters, both under the age of 2, were in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Luckily, her younger daughter, who was in a rear-facing car seat, escaped unscathed other than a small bruise on her shoulder. But her other child, who was nearly 2 years old at the time, wasn't as fortunate.

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That daughter had been riding in a forward-facing car seat and ended up breaking her back in two places. Brown wrote, "The doctor told us that most children with her injury don't normally make it."

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The mom went on to warn other parents: "So as you can see two children in the same car crash restrained properly one with life threatening injuries and the other with non [sic]. I was always unsure about when turning my babies around but after our crash and the hard evidence we are presented with I will forever rearward face my babies as long as I possibly can. Don't make the same mistake as I did. It could cost you your babies life. [sic]"

The Upshot

The mom shared that three months after their accident she is not sure when her daughter will be fully recovered.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its car seat safety guidelines, recommending that children remain in rear-facing car seats until they are at least 2 years old. Brown's experience is proof why following those guidelines is so important.

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