Winter coats can put children in car seats at risk - KCTV5

Winter coats can put children in car seats at risk

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ROELAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Experts warn that children in car seats wearing bulky winter coats are in danger of being ejected during a crash.

The puffy coats that keep children warm create too much space between car and booster seats and the safety harness.

Parents are urged to layer their children and remove coats when putting children into their car seats.

"Anything that interferes with how that harness or seat belt fits, anything that adds space that will then compress with the force of crash," said Phyllis Larimore of Children's Mercy Hospital.

You can have your children snug in their seats, but you don't have to sacrifice comfort for safety.

Larimore says put a child in the seat securely. And then cover them with a blanket, hat or put that big warm coat on backwards.

So how do you know if a coat is too thick for the harness? If you can't easily feel your fingernail through the material then it's too thick, experts say.

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