We may be in the dog days of summer now, but as we being baby shower season for fall and winter babies, it is time to think about winter car seat safety.
Heavy Coats and buntings worn under a car seats harness can compress and allow enough room space during an accident to allow a child to be ejected from a the seat.
Jen Ellis, a mother and certified Child Passenger Safety Technician suggest this test to see how much space could be caused by compression of a jacket or bunting during an accident.
- Take the car seat into the house.
- Put the winter coat or snowsuit on the child.
- Put the child in the car seat and buckle the harnesses as you normally would before car travel. Adjust the straps to the appropriate fit for your child.
- Take the child out of the car seat without loosening the straps at all.
- Take the coat off your child.
- Put the child back in the car seat and buckle the harnesses again, but do not tighten the straps.
- If you can fit more than two fingers under the harness at the child’s shoulder bone, the coat is too thick and is not safe for use with the car seat.