Apparently I fell off the face of the planet when it comes to car seat safety. Despite reading all the NHTSA tips for car seats, doing the safety checks, and experiencing Michigan winters my whole life, I have never, ever heard of winter car seat safety. If have a bundled up little one, this is a must-read and must-share on your Facebook page to educate other parents.
First, let me divulge a few of the (brutally honest) thoughts that came to mind when I heard this:
A child may be buckled in tightly with their winter coat on, but in an accident, the impact of pressure would compact the bulk of the coat making the harness too loose to keep the child safe.
While I quickly thought of every reason why this was a bad idea, I landed on the one reason why this was a good idea: safety always comes first. The fact is, a child may be buckled in tightly with their winter coat on, but in an accident, the impact of pressure would compact the bulk of the coat making the harness too loose to keep the child safe. So, I called my local fire department and got these important tips that are pretty simple and much more do-able than I imagined.
The winter coat rule applies to children in car seats and for children in boosters if the seat belt system in the car does not automatically lock when the brakes are applied.
If you find your child's coat is too bulky to buckle them in safely, here are some alternate options to keep your child warm:
For all the other snow-state mommies and daddies like me who didn't know this…now you do! So, test the bulk of your child's coat and keep them safe in their car seat this winter. Foremost encourages all parents to be safe while driving, especially with a child passenger.
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