The Importance of a 5-Point Harness Car Seat

Here are a few selected words written by the parents of 3-year-old Kyle David Miller from Kyle’s memorial web page.

From the corner of my eye I saw a car approaching the intersection at a high speed, too fast to stop at the red light, but by the time I started to say "watch out" it was too late, we were through the intersection and the car had run the red light and broadsided us going approximately 45 miles an hour.
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I finally turned all the way around to look behind me at Kyle and all that was there was an empty seat.  There are no words to describe the horror and million things that flew threw my mind at that instant.  I remember screaming "He’s gone, Kyle’s gone" and the next thing I knew Kevin had climbed into the back seat and jumped out through Kyle’s broken window.
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The doctor looked at me and said "There is nothing more we can do."

Kyle was thrown from his family’s minivan still in his booster seat. Here are key points made by Kyle’s parents:

  • Driving is the most dangerous situation you will ever put your child in.
  • Do not rely on only a seatbelt to secure a safety seat. Seatbelts do not always work, especially in vehicle rollovers.
  • Secure your safety seat with the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).
  • Keep your child in a 5-point harness safety seat for as long as possible. Older children can slip out of the top portion of a standard shoulder belt strap.
  • Most 5-point harness booster seats are rated up to 40lbs. Look for seats that can be used longer with older kids, such as the Britax Regent and Radian 80.
  • When buying a car, ask for the optional side curtain airbags in the front and back seats of your vehicle.

[Video link via Spilling the Beans]

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2 Responses to “The Importance of a 5-Point Harness Car Seat”

  1. Kate says:

    FYI, LATCH systems are only specified to support safety seats carrying children weighing up to 48 pounds. After that, the seat should be secured with the vehicle belt.

    November 24th, 2006 at 6:06 pm

  2. Michael says:

    I have a 19 month old daughter (Emma Isabella) and I cant begin to fathom the loss. I know in my heart your son is smiling on all of us, and he truly walks the promised land with God away from this cruel world.

    God Bless

    July 1st, 2007 at 5:10 am

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