Mom's viral crash photo underscores importance of car seats

"THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly," she wrote.

(Photo: Jenna Castado Rabberman)

A Pennsylvania mother's picture showing her children's unscathed car seats next to the wreckage of her car sends a powerful message to parents: Make sure your children are buckled up.

The jarring photograph was uploaded to Facebook this week by Jenna Casado Rabberman along with the story behind the picture. As of Friday, it had been shared nearly 300,000 times.

"THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time," Rabberman wrote. "Even when they scream because the straps are tight. Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing."

Rabberman, who's from Lancaster, went on to say that she and her two young boys had stopped for milk on the way home from pre-school when another car slammed into theirs.

Miraculously, Rabberman and her children were not hurt.

"My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra [two] minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly," she added.