LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Ten thousand car seats. That's how many have been checked by IU Health Arnett hospital in Lafayette.
IU's car seat program is the most successful in the Hoosier State, and it's all thanks to Terri Jones.
Jones is known as IU Health Arnett's car seat Guru, and the title is well deserved.
She's been working with IU since its opening in 2009, and started the hospital's permanent fitting station that same year.
The Child Care Educator was surprised at the hospital Tuesday with a special celebration for the program's milestone.
Jones said she started the program because many babies were leaving the hospital in unsafe transportation conditions.
Plus- she's personally connected.
"Twenty seven years ago I lost a child in an auto accident because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt," Jones said. "So I don't ever want to have another parent go through what I went through losing a child, and I want to give them as much education as they can get and not have that happen."
Jones says she knows of 29 babies who got their carseats checked by IU Health who were later in accidents and they never got hurt.
That is one of many reasons why she says this experience has been very rewarding for her.