This Car Seat Brand Protected a Baby From a Tornado

Car seat safety extends beyond the car.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Feb 2017
man buckling baby girl into a car seat
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Some good news to report in the aftermath of the tornadoes that ripped through New Orleans this week: No deaths have been reported. One of the littlest survivors? Baby Autumn, who has her mom—and her car seat—to thank for protecting her.

Amanda Stockfelt, a clerk at an impound yard in the city, was at work when the storm hit and only had a metal trailer for shelter. Her 2-month-old daughter, Autumn, was with her, and Stockfelt employed some quick thinking to keep both of them safe.

Her first move was to secure Autumn in her car seat. Her second was to hold on tight.

“All I could think of when we were in the tornado is don’t let go,” Stockfelt tells TODAY, explaining she and Autumn were airborne. “I never let go because I was afraid if I let go, it was going to take her and I’d never find her. It was the most terrifying thing in my life. It’s a miracle, it really is.”

Stockfelt says the trailer was completely demolished and her car was destroyed, but her baby was unharmed, minus a few scratches. And rather than taking credit, Stockfelt is singing her car seat’s praises.

“Graco makes the best car seats in the world, because if it wasn’t for this car seat, she’d be dead,” Stockfelt says. “[Autumn] is the reason why I do everything, the reason why I get up in the morning. I can get another job. I can eventually get another car. That stuff can be replaced. My daughter could never be replaced.”

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