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Are Coats and Car Seats a Dangerous Combination?

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.

Source: Sanford Children’s Hospital