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Car seat check credited with keeping children safe in crash

FABIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A scary rollover SUV crash -- with three children inside -- puts car seat safety into perspective.

By random chance, a mother and her three young children stopped at the Fabius-Park Fire Department, for a car seat safety check event.

Just minutes after they left, they were involved in a rollover accident. All three children came out of the accident without a scratch on them.

The fire chief says this story should really show parents the importance of making sure children's car seats are secure. They gave the family three new car seats right before this crash took place.

The mother says she stopped in because she saw a flyer about this event, mailed to her house. Firefighters discovered, through the inspection, the seats for her 5-year-old, 3-year-old and 5-month-old boys, were broken.

About ten miles down the road, the family came to this bend just as the weather began to change -- with slush on the road -- the mother lost control and rolled the car once, landing upside down.

Firefighters who were called to the scene say they were surprised to see it was one of the families they had just helped.

Fabius-Park Fire Chief Scott Roderick says, "It could have been a total different outcome. The car seats were pulled and replaced because something was wrong with the three that were in there.
Lt. Josh Smith of the Fabius Park Fire Department says, "It's extremely important. All three of these kids, due to the car seats being installed properly, here were uninjured. It's a simple thing. You come in and make sure they're installed properly and it's something that can save your child's life."

It's important to know, after a crash, to change out all your children's car seats. Firefighters gave the family another three brand-new car seats.

(Photo courtesy Three Rivers Commercial-News)