Strapping your kids into their car seat is a method you use in order to protect them. However, what you don’t know is that during the winter, this can be dangerous.
Here are some tips that will help you save a life.
A new crash test showed that when you strap up your children to the seat wearing a winter coat, it is not that safe and your child’s life is endangered.
While wearing the winter coat, the child dummy in the crash test went flying out of the car seat. The little body violently tossed forward. The child dummy was strapped in, all looked good, so what went wrong?
The children seat straps look tight and secure, but they are actually loose.
After removing the puffy coat and strapping your kid into their seat, you can see how loose the straps are. It is actually dangerous.
What should you do?
We want to see a nice, tight, fit harness to the child’s body. You should not be able to pinch any webbing up at the shoulder and the harness should be at armpit level. And, of course, no puffy winter jacket in the car seat.
This makes all the difference. In the next crash test, the child dummy is properly restrained, no winter coat, straps snagged against its body. This time the dummy stays in its seat.
And if you are worried about your child being cold in the car, here is the best advice: instead putting the coat on him, now you can put the coat over him to keep him warm. Or you can use a blanket.
This is a simple move to save your child from an unfortunate situation.
No question by the way, using a car seat is the best way to keep your kids safe. Just remember to strap them in without the winter coat.
Finally, other interesting information is that the same advice goes for adults too: Don’t seat behind the wheel, don’t strap yourself in with the winter coat because the seat belt won’t fit against you. It is the exact same thing.