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Bedford Boy Recovering After Being Choked By Seat Belt

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Bedford Police are reminding the public of seat belt safety guidelines as a young boy recovers after he was choked by a seat belt.

BEDFORD (CBS) — Bedford Police are reminding the public of seat belt safety guidelines as a young boy recovers after he was choked by a seat belt.

A mother called 911 Saturday afternoon after she realized her eight-year-old son had pulled the seat belt loose and wrapped it around his neck, activating the locking mechanism.

“The mother was unable to loosen the seat belt to free the child, who began to turn blue and lost consciousness,” police said.

She pulled over her Acura on South Road ran into a hair salon where she called for help and got scissors, which she used to cut the boy free.

“At the time I didn’t know if it was open or not,” Sherbovich said, “I was ready to break down windows. ”

An eight-year-old boy is recovering after he became entangled in his seat belt Saturday (Courtesy Photo)

For her to keep cool, to go into a facility, a salon, get a pair of scissors, come out, cut the seat belt off her son, begin CPR and essentially save his life is just absolutely amazing. ”

Police said children should use a booster seat with the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belts until they can pass the seat belt fit test:

The children’s knees should bend at the edge of the vehicle seat when their backs and bottoms are against the seat’s back

The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs

The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest.

Kids are usually between eight and 12 years old when the seat belt fits them properly.

They should also be taught the importance of wearing a seat belt each time, police said.

WBZ-TV also reached out to Acura and they said they have not received any complaints about the seat belt.

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