It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: a terrible car accident while your kids are in the car. We all know and understand the importance of car seat safety. And this viral car seat photo really drives the point home. It’s a devastating reminder that so much can change in an instant. These little seats we buckle our kids into can mean the difference between life and death.

Jenna Casado Rabberman posted the car seat photo on Facebook, to highlight the importance of car seat safety.

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Image: Facebook/Jenna Casado Rabberman

Jenna was on her way home with her two boys, nearly 3 and 6 weeks, when another driver ran a red light and slammed into her SUV. As you can see from the photo, the accident was very serious. It could have been absolutely devastating. But the two car seats, which her boys were riding in, are virtually unscathed.

Says Jenna, “My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra 2 minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly.”

I'm not one to post anything too heavy or personal on Facebook but guys… THIS is why you buckle your kids into their…

Posted by Jenna Casado Rabberman on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jenna said both of her kids escaped the crash without so much as a scratch. And she credits that to proper car seat installation and use. Her oldest son was still rear-facing, despite being over the recommended age for forward-facing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain rear-facing until at least two years of age.

But they urge parents to keep their kids rear-facing until the child reaches the height and weight limits for their seat.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1-13.

Choosing the right car seat is important. But proper installation and use can make the difference between replacing car seats or suffering a tragic injury or loss. We’re so glad Jenna and her boys are going to be OK. Cars and seats can be replaced. Children can’t.

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(Image: Facebook / Jenna Casado Rabberman)