Authorities have issued warnings against putting a child in the car seat with a coat on.
If you think there’s a warnings for everything these days, you might be onto something. Keeping our kids safe becomes increasingly more hard by the day, especially for those with a computer that plugs into a wall.
The latest piece of advice coming to us courtesy the experts says that you shouldn’t strap your children into a carseat if they are wearing a coat. Instead, strap the child in and drape their coat over them (and probably your coat, a blanket, a hot water bottle, and a wood burning stove while you’re at it).
Law enforcement agencies say the misuse rate of car seats spikes up to a range of 70-94% when the weather drops below freezing. This is because of the bulk of coats. Car seat belts, unlike your typical seat belt, has to be manually adjusted by parents. This means there’s a chance the belt doesn’t fit your child’s body as tightly as it should. When you add and subtract the various bulks of different jackets, it creates wiggle room. While parents are always looking for wiggle room in their lives, your certainly don’t want it in your car if there’s a crash.
To prevent this potentially devastating scenario, make sure the belt is always tightly fitted to your child’s body and don’t strap them in with a coat.
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