The family of a toddler who survived after being thrown nearly 60 feet in a violent car crash recently thanked a car seat company for saving their child’s life, and the company responded by gifting them a new child restraint Tuesday.
The parents of Mason Carney, now three years old, credit his old Britax car seat for saving his life in the February accident.
A company representative visited the family’s home in Shelbyville Tuesday to give them a new, bigger car seat for Mason.
“The Carney family has been very supportive of our product and our product saving their child’s life but they played as much if not more of a roles in saving Mason because they were dedicated to making sure he was properly restrained and it was properly installed,” said Sarah Tilton with Britax.
According to investigators, Mason was properly restrained in his car seat but the seat belt holding it in place was severed after his dad’s vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck.
Mason was flown to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for neck, spine and brain injuries.
Mason spent two months in the Nashville hospital before he was transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he learned to walk and talk again.
He was also in a halo for four months.
Mason’s father, Josh, now has limited movement with his arm because of his injuries.
“I’m just glad to be alive and glad to have my son alive,” said Josh Carney.
Now, Mason is running around and playing just like he did before the accident.
His parents; however, say they still have a long road ahead and Mason remains under the care of Vanderbilt doctors.
His parents told News 2 they cannot stress enough to others the importance of car seats and making sure they’re installed the right way.
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- Feb. 26, 2014: Man credits car seat for saving 2-year-old son’s life
- Feb. 25, 2014: 2-year-old ejected after seatbelt severed in crash