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Why car seats and bulky coats are an unsafe mix for children

Posted at 6:45 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 10:37:04-05

Coats are essential during winter months, and car seats are necessary for children when riding in the car; however, they don't mix, according to Children's Wisconsin.

Bulky winter coats affect how secure car seats are in protecting children. In a crash, the extra puffy coat material will compress, causing the harness to become loose and ineffective.

Parents should dress their kids in thin, warm layers such as fleece or Thinsulate. Once the child is secured in the car seat, place a warm blanket over them, or put their coat on backward over their arms and shoulders.

When securing the car seat, it should clip at armpit level while fitting snugly without any twists.