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Best Car Seat For One Year Old – They say there is no greater loss than a child, and that is the pain that makes Fredericton’s mother very understanding.
In March 2013, Eran Pelletier’s life changed forever during the journey from Slave Lake, Alta., To Edmonton.
Pelletier, his sister-in-law and three children were on a family trip when the car they were in collided with a truck on Highway 44, about 85 miles north of Westlock.
The collision claimed the lives of his four-year-old daughter, 17-month-old son and sister-in-law. Pelletier and his eldest son were the only survivors of the accident.
“There’s nothing bigger than your kid being snatched away from you in a terrible way,” Pelletier said, “and, you know, my best friend – my brother-in-law is my best friend.”
After a police and trial investigation, the driver of the vehicle that collided with the family pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison for operating a dangerous motor vehicle causing death and physical harm.
After the tragedy, Pelletier moved back to New Brunswick to pick up pieces of his broken heart, finding solace doing what he could give back.
“Saving one’s life means the world. Only one person, “said Pelletier.
Pelletier leads the crusade to change the laws of car seats and boosters across the country that will see all children and babies remain face-to-face until they are two and 22 pounds.
This is a step supported by Child Safety Link from Halifax, an injury prevention program at the IWK Health Center dedicated to reducing the incidence and severity of accidental injuries to children and adolescents in the Maritimes.
That’s the evidence supported by Canadian Transport. The federal agency suggests leaving children face-to-face until at least two years and at 22 pounds. In fact, this same law has been passed in eight US states.
“I think it can be very confusing when you have to follow car seat guidelines, but when the law does not reflect that in the legal language of the law then it is more difficult for law enforcement and it is harder for parents to know what they need to do,” explained Hutka .
Currently, parents should follow the rules directly in the seat.
Pelletier says he will lobby all levels of government until legal changes are made. He held a fundraiser in Fredericton on Saturday to raise funds for legal applications because he expects the process to be long.
Those who have questions about the installation of a car seat or booster can learn more by calling Child Safety Link 1-866-288-1388, or online at www.childsafetylink.ca