Thousands of parents across the U.S. and in siouxland strap their children into a car seat with their winter coats on, but according to state officials, it could actually harm your child.
Thousands of parents across the U.S. and in Siouxland strap their children into a car seat with their winter coats on, but according to state officials, it could actually harm your child.
An expert said that when parents put a child in a car seat, the parents need to do a pinch test.
You try to pinch the harness, to see if there is any slack.
When your kid is wearing their winter coat, the straps may seem tight, but safety experts explain its safest if the harness is sinched up to the child’s body so they won’t move if there is an accident.
“Once you put a child into a big puffy winter coat and then place them under harness straps and you’re going to snug them when you do the pinch test, you think they’re tight enough but they actually are not. So we want kids to be in their harness straps without that big coat on so the straps are nice and snug to their body,” said Brandi Thompson, a state passenger safety coordinator.
Another tip is to make sure your child is facing the back of the car for as long as you can.
There are directions on most car seats that give parents a guide for weight and height.