Kids Should Not Wear Bulky Jackets in Car Seats

December 05, 2018

USA- writes that putting children in bulky winter coats while they are in their car seats can put them at risk. The big puffy winter coats can cause the car seat safety features to become useless.*

When a child is wearing a bulky coatand strapped into a seat, the result can be that the straps are actually too loose. In the event of a collision, the child may get whiplash, or even be ejected from their car seat. Children can safely be buckled in with lighter thinner jackets. 

Fire departments that check to see are child car seats are properly installed say that around 80 percent of the seats are either not installed properly, orthe straps are not used correctly. The straps should be loosened and tightened each lime that the child is put into the seat. The thickness of clothing changes and children grow quickly, meaning that the straps should not just be left in the same position all the time. 

In a cold car, children should have jackets, and the driver can bring car blankets to put over them so that they can remain warm even without a bulky coat. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), 723 children ages 12 and under died in car accident in 2016. Out of all fatalities, 35 percent involved children who were not restrained at the time if the crash. 

Studies have indicated that whether a child is restrained or not often is correlated to whether the driver is using a seat belt. Seat belts reduce the chances of dying in a car accident by about half. Car seats lower the risk of death from between 71 and 82 percent. 

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