Could Your Child's Car Seat Take Their Life?

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ Kristiane Cates knows better than anyone how lives can change in seconds. Ten years ago, while driving her two young children to her mother's house so she could attend a job interview, Cates was distracted by a painful stray eyelash. During the brief time she took her eyes off the road, her minivan, traveling at highway speed, struck a slow-moving dump truck. Cates broke her leg, her daughter, who had taken off her seatbelt, was hospitalized with injuries and her 76-pound, eight-year-old son suffered fatal internal injuries caused by his tight-fitting seatbelt.

Cates is convinced that her son's life would have been saved had he been in a properly installed booster seat that would have protected his hip area from the seatbelt. Research shows that up to 73 percent of car seats are incorrectly installed, putting children at risk. When installed properly, car seats can reduce the risk of death by up to 71 percent.

Cates recently published The Golden Thread: A Memoir on Daring to Thrive in Crisis, a book she describes as having less to do with whether or not you lost a child, but more about how people can navigate change, challenge or crisis.

She can talk about:

  • The 3 most common errors in the way car seats are installed.
  • The need to forgive ourselves for being less-than-perfect parents.
  • What to do when everything falls apart, 5 tips for navigating a major crisis, change or challenge in 2018.
  • Ways the death of a child, an affair, and the loss of a marriage and a job are inspiring others to live lives of greater purpose.

About the author

Kristiane Cates is a national speaker and a crisis coach for clients ranging from CEOs to single parents like herself. She hosts the "30 Seconds" podcast on iTunes and Google Play and created the I Dare You Daily campaign that challenges people to better their lives five days a week. She is also an award-winning singer-songwriter. The Golden Thread describes the 30 seconds that can change everything in life ... for better or worse. The book provides a roadmap to navigating life's challenges, with life lessons that apply to both business and professional areas of life.

Availability: Los Angeles, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone

Contact: Kristiane Cates, (310) 601-0670;;

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