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This 6-Year-Old's Horrible Seat Belt Injuries Show the Importance of Booster Seats

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A mother is sharing details about a car accident where her 6-year-old daughter sustained grisly injuries due to riding without a booster seat. She hopes the story and photos will serve as a warning to other parents about the importance of safety seats.

It's crazy to think that the first mandatory child safety seat laws were implemented in 1985. Children under the age of 7 were required to sit in a car seat. Personally, I remember my father balking at this rule.

He used to let us ride in the back of the pickup truck, or pile all of the kids in the back of a station wagon, which I realize now is a safety nightmare. I distinctly remember being 4 years old and riding to school without a booster or car seat, either.

Thankfully, none of me or my siblings were injured, but tons of children each year are. Sadly, 6-year-old Samantha Swartwout was one of those children.

Samantha suffered major injuries during a car crash that left her in the ICU for 3 weeks. However, a booster seat would have kept the damage to a minimum had she been using one at the time of the accident. The family’s GoFundMe page describe the injuries in further detail, but it’s not for the faint of heart.