As the temperatures begin to cool even in Southern California, many parents
will likely bundle their children up before heading out the door. While
the extra clothing, including sweaters and heavy coats, will keep your
child warm, did you know it could also put them at risk in the case of
a San Diego car accident?
According to safety experts, extra layers can pose a hidden hazard when
children are placed in a car seat.
As parents are aware, one of the keys to proper car seat use is that your
child is buckled snugly into the car seat itself. Very thick and heavy
winter coats may become compressed under the harness straps in a crash,
causing what is referred to as “coat compression.”
Coat compression can cause the harness to become too loose, and may allow
your child to become injured or even ejected from the seat and/or car.
When a child is wearing a thick coat, it’s hard to tell if you have
a good harness fit, which is crucial. A coat can add a lot of wiggle room,
reducing the level of protection for your child in a crash.
Therefore, it is advised to buckle the child in and THEN put the coat or
blanket OVER them.
Sanford Children’s Hospital