Car Seats Do Save Lives

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM EDT

DEKALB, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - William Christopher Rex Craft, the 9-month-old boy and lone survivor of Sunday's deadly car crash was saved, in part, because he was properly placed in his car seat.

While the specific details of what exactly saved William are still being investigated, DeKalb Count Sheriffs cannot understate the importance of the car seat.

Remember to have your car seat in the middle of your back seat. If your child is between infancy and one-year old and less than 20 pounds, he or she should face rear. After the child's first birthday he or she can then face forward.

Check the manufacturer's directions for installation. Local hospitals have technicians that can educate and assist in proper car seat usage.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Ron Galaviz says, “There's a number of places here in the Allen County area. Allen County Safe kids, Lutheran, and Parkview all have permanent fitting stations and have certified technicians to assist you in educating you in how to properly install your seat.”

William's grandmother, mother and two aunts died when their SUV drove through a median, down an embankment and onto train tracks where it was pushed for 2,000 feet by a moving train.

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