Three weeks after Andrea Murray got into a serious car accident with her toddler, the Illinois mom could barely put into words her emotional experience.
She and her 2-year-old daughter were driving to work early in the morning when her Jeep hit a patch of ice on the road, causing her vehicle to roll one and a half times before landing on its side in a ditch. Despite the impact, her little girl was kept safe. Now, this grateful mom is sharing her story not only to thank Diono for its car seats, but also as an important reminder to all parents.
"I have NO DOUBT in my mind that your car seat saved my daughter's life that morning," Andrea wrote on Facebook along with a photo of her crushed car. She explained that she commutes an hour each way for work and recalled how her family thought she was crazy for spending months searching for the perfect car seat before her baby was born. "I watched car seat crash test videos over and over again until I found the safest seat for my baby, the Diono Rainier," she wrote. "My husband thought I was nuts to spend so much on a car seat."
Despite the price, Andrea couldn't be more thankful that this was the car seat she purchased. "No parent should ever have to turn and look in the backseat to see if their child is still alive, but if you ever do I hope you see what I saw. My child perfectly snug in her car seat, she did not move an inch, her car seat did not move an inch, everything around her was broken, but she was perfect," Andrea wrote.
The car's damage included a broken roof and windows, but Andrea says that her little girl made it out without a single scratch. "You cannot put a price on your child's life," she wrote. "We will not only be Diono customers for life, but will advocate for the brand that saved our daughter."
Diono commented on this touching post by expressing their gratitude that Andrea and her family are safe: "Stories like yours help raise awareness about car seat safety and why it is so important to make sure your car seat is installed correctly and that your child is properly harnessed every single time you drive."