We have the BEST car seats for our kids. I did lots of research, online, in stores, talking to friends and family, and made sure that we bought the BEST car seats. BRITAX.
We have been 100% satisfied with our car seats. They are comfy, durable, and as safe as can be. Or at least I thought so until today.
On my way home from church, as I made a bit of an abrupt stop I heard a huge THUMP. I looked back at Big Brother to make sure he was still in his car seat. Now that he is getting older, he knows how to unbuckle himself, and I thought maybe he undid his straps and fell out. Nope. He was safe and secure. Hmmm.... must have been the stroller in the truck.
When I pulled into the garage and shut off the car I was completely startled by my little Mama's Boy, crawling up to see me down the center of the van.
HOLY CRAP! His straps came off in his car seat!! Theres no way he was able to undo them... that huge THUMP, was my child. Of course he sits directly behind me and I couldn't turn completely around while still driving to check and see if it was him that fell out. I never even thought to look at him, since there should be no reason he could fall out of his seat. DANG THAT BRITAX!! I could have gotten into an accident!! HOW DID THOSE DANG STRAPS COME UNDONE?!! Church is more than a couple minutes away, we're in the car for 15 minutes!! And why the heck didn't he cry? The kid didn't make a peep, and the THUMP happened only about 5 minutes into our trip!
Then it hit me. Did I strap him in? No. I strapped Big brother in. The Boss put Mama's boy in the car. The boss had just pulled up behind me (we have to take two cars to church). This is how it went...
The "real" Boss: "Hey, did you put Mama's Boy in the car?"
The Boss: "Yeah... why?"
The "real" Boss: "Did you strap him in?"
The Boss: "Of course I did!"
The "real" Boss: "Okay, well, I pulled in the garage and he was crawling down the center of the van. I heard a huge THUMP on the way home. So he fell out of his seat somehow."
The Boss: "Oh my gosh... I must not have strapped him in. Is he okay? I was talking to people and trying to get something for you. I knew I walked back over to that side for a reason, but then I started talking to Bean, and I just shut the door cause I couldn't remember what I went back there for."
The "real" Boss: "Great. So my kid falls out of his seat and I don't even notice? We could have gotten into an accident! Oh my gosh!!!"
Of course Mama's Boy was fine. And he Boss really felt awful. As did I. But Mama's Boy was happy and smiling when I found him on the van floor. He was having so much fun playing he tried to crawl away when I went to get him out.
So I guess BRITAX didn't let us down. Its still #1 car seat in my book. But just so you know... they are only safe when used properly. And when I say properly, I mean, when the child is actually strapped into it. They do fall out... when not fastened.