Here's Why You Should Always Take Off Your Kids' Coats While They're in the Car
If you're about to hit the road to Grandma's house this holiday season, you might be putting your kids in danger without even knowing it. Experts say that if you put your child in a car seat while wearing a puffy winter coat, your little one could be at increased risk of injury in a car accident.
When you strap your child in the car seat while he or she is wearing a puffy coat, the straps are actually looser than they should be, because the coat creates a gap between your child's body and the safety strap. It might feel tight, but it's actually far too loose to be safe. This video demonstrates just how big the gap is:
In the event of a car crash, the puffy jacket compresses, which creates unsafe space for a child's body to move and even be fully ejected from the car seat. TheToday show conducted a crash test involving a dummy in a puffy jacket, and the results are terrifying for any parent.
Car-safety blogger The Car Seat Lady advises that you take your child to the car with his or her coat unzipped to take off once they get to the car. You should not be able to pinch any of the strap once your child is buckled up. Once strapped in, you can put the coat on your child backwards, or use a blanket, to keep him or her warm.
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