Rear-Facing Car Seat Saves Toddler During Crash

While driving her kids to school on Thursday Kylee Barrett’s vehicle hit black ice and her 4 Runner spun off the road. In order to avoid hitting a vehicle head on, she crash into the trees at the side of the road.  The force from the crash, however, caused her SUV to flip over.

Kylee Barrett's vehicle

But despite this Kylee and her sons survived the crash.

“I saw a car coming at me and hit black ice,” Barrett, 27, told The Huffington Post. “I swerved away from the car … my truck hit more black ice and [it] shot my truck sideways to the right, into the trees.”

Kylee Barrett's son's 4Runner after crash

The mom sustained whiplash and bruising on her chest, while her 5-year-old son, Kolton, left the accident with a bump and “tiny scratch” on his forehead, and her 2-year-old, Hunter, had a broken femur.

Kolton Barrett

Their saving grace?  The positioning of their car seats.

According to the mom, Kolton was in his booster seat in the backseat on the driver’s side, and Hunter was in the backseat on the passenger’s side of the car in a rear-facing car seat. Because Kylee was hit on the passenger’s side, Hunter’s seat took the brunt of the crash.

Kylee Barrett's son's car seat after crash

“If you look at the pictures, if he was forward-facing he would have been crushed by the metal,” Kylee told HuffPost. “Him being rear-facing and the car seat being installed the correct way saved him.”

Barrett and her husband, Corey, have created a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help her family buy a new car.

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Lisa Arneill

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