Kellie Cleland

February 2, 2017 Safety Stories

Kellie Cleland of Warren, OH, was recently involved in a crash in which her car was struck by another driver. Her two-year-old twins were riding with in their radian rXTs while her older child was in a booster.

In a post on Facebook, Kellie stated “It’s time for my PSA of the day. Let’s talk car seat safety. Radian rXT seats cost an arm and a leg… but we spent it because 1) they are narrow enough to fit three across and 2) they were rated as a best bet from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The two 2-year-olds wearing light winter coats were in these during our recent accident and had NO injuries. None. They didn’t budge. Meanwhile, my big kid was in a backless booster correct for her size…. 66lb, 50?…. well above the requirements for a backless booster. Let’s talk about her seat…. it was found next to her and she was laying on her side after being moved forward so hard that she broke her clavicle. Needless to say, I am purchasing her a high back booster that will hold her belt in the correct position. Because had she been in one, she may not have been as injured. So for those of you in the market for a car seat that will grow with your child (up to 120 lb), spend the money. Save a life. I will recommend these seats until the day I die. Especially for those of you with more than two kids… or tiny baby twins. Just bite the bullet and spend the money on a Diono radian rXT. I promise it will be the safest decision you could ever make for your kids.”