Winter Coats and Car Seats

car seat safetyParents who live in colder climates question what they should do with winter coats and car seats with young children.

The idea is we want to avoid having a lot of bulky clothing inside the harnessing system in the child restraint. In a crash all the bulk will squish down and the harness straps will be loose.

If your child is rear facing and the harness straps become loose, the straps could come off the child’s shoulders and the child could come out of the car seat.

We want to keep the straps close to the child’s body. So instead of wearing a coat, you can have the child come out to the car in a coat or wrapped in a blanket, take off their covering quickly and put them in the car seat then put the coat and/or blanket on top.

The other benefit to this is as the vehicle warms up you can remove layers of coats and blankets and allow the child to be comfortable in the car.

By Greg Durocher, CEO at Safe Ride 4 Kids and certified CPS Technician Instructor since 2002

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