With many families in our office we all have had experience of putting kids in car seats. During the winder months, the kids are usually wearing winter coats and snow pants which makes it very difficult to get them into the car seat. We always want to make sure the kids are warm when they are transported to many different places so, we want them dressed appropriately in case the car broke down. Usually you think to adjust the straps, so that the kid fits into the car seat better, but studies now show that this really isn't the safest way of doing things.

Today, safety experts recommend putting children in their car seats without their winter coats. Doesn’t this seem counter intuitive? After all, it is a Minnesota/Wisconsin winter.

Recently on the “Today” show, Jeff Rossen did a segment on car seat dangers during the winter. He visited a crash test lab in Michigan. His segment shows the dramatic results of a car crash at 30 mph with a crash dummy inappropriately strapped in because of a puffy winter coat. Miriam Manary, who operates the lab, explains the proper way to strap in a child during the winter months. She recommends strapping them in without a coat. To keep them warm she suggests using a blanket or putting on their jacket backwards.

If you’re expecting your first child and haven’t picked out your car seat, check out the information at safercar.gov. Their website provides information on: How to select the right car seat, what safety ratings mean, how to install your car seat and how to register your car seat and how to get recall notifications. Along with picking out your car seat, make sure that you understand what your Auto Insurance coverage is in case of an accident.

For additional safety tips, visit the resources below.
http://www.kidsandcars.org/
http://www.safekids.org/tip/car-seat-tips

Sources:
West Bend Cares 


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