When you live in a Nordic country and you have children, you know what the chore is about when you install a child with a winter coat in his car seat. It's a difficult thing. But did you know that it is also potentially very dangerous!
Parents should never place their children in car seats when they are wearing a thick winter coat because the straps will not be tight enough to protect them in the event of a collision.
At a major temperature drop in the UK a few years ago, the Netmums Parental Forum reminded parents that attaching a child to a car seat when wearing a thick coat could compromise safety. The distance created between these harnesses, the surface of the fabric and the child's body was be too loose to be safe.
Crash tests have proved how a child dum
my would come hurtling out of the seat in a simulated 30mph crash.
Now safety experts are reminding parents to strap their children in without their coats on - and either putting the coat, or a blanket, over the child to keep them warm.
The advice applies to adults too with experts saying they shouldn't wear a winter coat when behind the wheel or riding in a car.
Julie Dagnall, of Leyland-based Child Seat Safety Ltd, said: "As winter is approaching, it’s very tempting to wrap our children up in big warm coats in the car, but this can stop the harness or shield from fitting across the child correctly and can mean that the child could be ejected from their car seat in a collision.
"It’s always best to remember to have indoor clothes on in the car, with the harness tight and fastened as close to the skin as possible.
"If you think they’ll be cold, place a blanket or their coat on top of them. Just check it doesn't stop the car seat from working properly and isn't going to make them overheat especially if they are young babies."
Nick Lloyd, road safety manager at RoSPA, agreed, adding: "If a child is wearing a thick jacket or bodysuit the harness cannot be firmly fastened around the child meaning that it will not fit in the right place and importantly it will not be close enough to the child’s body.
"In an accident the harness will need to compress the jacket before it can restrain the child.
"This reduces the safety of the seat considerably and therefore it is not recommended that thick jackets or bodysuits are worn."
Source: Trucs et Bricolages · Photo Credit: Trucs et Bricolages