Why car seats and bulky coats are an unsafe mix for children
Posted: 6:45 AM, Nov 12, 2019
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BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A young girl licks the snow off of her scarp while playing in the snow in the Brighton neighborhood on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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.
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