Are Puffy Coats Really Unsafe In The Car Seat?
(I Pull The Harness Really, Really Tight!)
The short answer is yes – yes they are unsafe.
It can seem hard to see through all the hype especially when popular videos (which we will not name here) seem to use scare tactics by showing the child thrown from the car seat with loose straps that are obviously improperly tightened.
In fairness, I think the intent behind that video was good – to spread information about car seat safety and winter coats but in some ways it can cause parents to believe that if the child was thrown with loose straps then tightening the straps correctly will solve the problem.
Which it won’t
It is impossible to tighten the straps correctly with a winter coat on.
In a car crash the coat will not only compress creating room between your child and the harness but the force of the crash can also stretch the harness up to 7%! Even if your child is not thrown entirely from the car seat all that room will throw your child forward. Studies have shown that as the distance forward increases the risk of critical injury also increases. Tight harnesses directly on the chest and a properly secured top tether reduces the forward movement dramatically which also reduces the risk of critical injury.
What’s a parent to do in winter then?
You want your child to be warm but you also want them to be safe. Taking the coat off and putting it on again and again and again is not appealing. Struggling with blankets or polar fleece doesn’t keep them warm enough.
With car seat safety coats you can keep your little love warm and safer in and out of the car seat.
Buckle Me Baby Advantages:
Crash Test Proven
Easy To Use
Leaves No Fabric On The Chest Or Shoulders
Thinner In The Back
Side Openings Are Cool
No Puffy Coats In Car Seats
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