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Safety Alert: Could Wearing A Winter Coat Endanger Your Child?

Kidsandcars.org is a non-profit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles. An expert from KidsandCars.org visited with the hosts of NBC's TODAY show last month. Their topic centered on a potential danger to children wearing winter coats while strapped into their car seats. At an official crash test lab in Michigan, a child dummy that appeared to be securely strapped into a car seat came hurtling out of the motor vehicle during a crash simulation at 30-mph. As a parent, I would not have even thought it possible to be ejected from a child's car seat. The winter months are upon us and we should all be made aware of the potential risks associates with having your child leave their winter coat on in the car. When a child is wearing a winter coat, it may feel like they are strapped snugly into a car seat when the straps are actually dangerously loose. Experts say to strap your child securely in their car seat without their coat. Instead of putting the coat on your child, you can put the coat over the child to keep him/her warm, or you can use a blanket. This advice even applies to adults. Experts say they shouldn't wear their winter coats when they're behind the wheel or riding in a car.

Source: http://www.today.com/parents/car-seat-alert-could-wearing-winter-coat-endanger-your-child-t61206


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