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My mom was bringing me to my Dr's appointment today (my darn car broke down <b>again</b>, but that's another story) and I was helping DS get into his car seat. I looked and noticed it wasn't strapped in. It was tethered but there was no belt holding it in so it was basically just rattling around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">: . I nearly blew a gasket! It's hard to say how long it's been like that! I just assumed they had it buckled in properly (if I'm with them I usually check, but they sometimes take him for afternoon visits or shopping). He was just in it last night, unsafe! I think from now on, I'm going to have to check to make sure that the car seat is in properly as I wouldn't know what I would do if something happened that could of been prevented.<br><br>
PSA: Check any car seat your child goes into to make sure it's installed properly each time!!!
 

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This has happened to us twice in the last few months. The first time I got ds out of his seat and it moved I almost threw up. We had been on the highway for 2 1/2 hours!! We thought it was so odd, we couldnt' figure out how it happened. The second time the dog was in the car with us and we figured out that she stepped on the release for the buckle. The dog now sits in the 3rd row. I shake the seat everytime I put ds in there now, just to be sure! Scary.
 

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Ugh, Libby's carseat spontaneously unbuckled (we got the seatbelt replaced!!) when I was driving hoem from the mall once... it FREAKED me out because suddenly her seat was SIDEWAYS and she was coming into the driver's area.... ahhhhh!!!<br><br>
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When ds was about 6 months old, I had the most frazzled day. My mom and I were at Cost Plus, buying some foam ottomans, and she let go of him for a second while he was holding onto a wooden trunk, and he fell and smashed his lip. He was screaming and it was bleeding - I was a mess. Okay, so I got him all calmed down. Then he was cooing and singing while we were in line, and some guy was rolling his eyes and commented to the cashier "Yeah, that's what I like to be forced to listen to." Jerk.<br><br>
Then as we were walking out to our car, this lady was backing out of her spot. She saw us (acknowledged us in the rear view mirror), but KEPT BACKING OUT! My mom ended ramming her car with the cart that I had swept ds out of, and the police car that happened to be right there came over and gave the lady a talking to. She acted all put out that she was expected to stop because we were walking behind her.<br><br>
Okay, so needless to say I was pretty frazzled. I strap ds in his carseat, and we leave. About 10 minutes later we were about to go around a sharp turn, so I turn around to put my hand on the ottoman to make sure they don't fall onto ds's carseat, and I watch him and his whole car seat tumble to the side as we turn. I screamed, my mom pulled over.<br><br>
I was used to snapping his seat into the base installed in my car, and had totally forgotten to seatbelt the seat in. I had just put him in the straps and set him on the seat.<br><br>
It was a horrible day.
 

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i shouldn't even admit this, b/c it's the worst thing i've done in my career of mamahood. omg, one time i was running late with dd to go somewhere and my mom put her in her seat and i must've thought she buckled her in, but she didn't. after like 10 minutes i noticed in the mirror she wasn't buckled and i seriously almost had a heart attack! i pulled over and buckled her, thanking the heavens for my baby being safe. ugh. i am usually sooooo cautious about everything with her. i will always always always always double check now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Whew, it's a scary feeling, isn't it! In ever thought about spontanious unbuckling, but I suppose something that's always buckled might give at some point. It's easy to take the little things for granted! I was wondering why he was off to the side so much. I''m glad we never got stopped (dad did last night right before we got in the car, yikes!!).
 

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Omigosh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one this has happened to.....<br><br>
It made me drive more safely, though, thinking "what if???", ya know?
 

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OH yeah. I have had this happen too, my kids will sometimes unbuckle the wrong seatbelt and then the right one, leaving a carseat unbuckled. I freaked out a couple times after realizing this (once *after* we had gone somewhere, and once before because I have started checking!!!)<br><br>
I guess that a one good thing about that whole Latch system. But those things are a pain to get on/off!!!! I've tried them out in FILs old van.<br><br>
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DS figured out how to undo the lap buckle so we've been checking for a month now. Very scary. Even without that one, its still attached to the car, but I'd hate to think about how it would bounce around on that tether.
 
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