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Winter Creates Car Seat Dangers

December 05, 2018

USA- writes that puffy winter coats create life-threatening risks for children in car seats. When parents are buckling a child into a car seat with a big winter coat, the straps may seem perfectly tight. However, the bulky coat is misleading them. The jacket can compress in the event of a crash, meaning that the child could be ejected from the seat. While the amount of space seems small, the difference that space makes is significant.*

According to officials, the best course of action is to take the jacket off in the car. Dress children in sweaters or light jackets and strap them into their seats. Then put a blanket or jacket over the child to keep them warm in their seat. 

The leading cause of death in the United States for children between the ages of one and thirteen is vehicle collisions. Using an age-appropriatecar seat is the best way to keep a child safe when driving. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, 328 children who were in car accidents lived through those crashes because they were protected by their car seats. Of children who were killed in car accidents, 38 percent were not restrained. 

Even if people use car seats, they often fail to use them properly. The NHTSA says that 59 percent of children in car seats are not properly restrained. Some estimates are much higher, with 80 percent of children not being properly buckled into their car seats, or the car seats not being properly installed. 

It is important not just to choose the correct seat, but also to ensure that you are using it correctly. If you are not sure whether you are properly using your child’s car seat, have it inspected 

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