According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 70% of car seats are used incorrectly. How you place your child in the safety seat matters, as does what they’re wearing.
“When a child is wearing a thick coat, it’s hard to tell if you have a good harness fit, which is crucial. A coat can add a lot of slack, reducing the level of protection for your child in a crash.” NHTSA said in a statement.
We talked with certified child safety seat installation technician Darren Qunell from CarSeatBlog.com, a site that tests car seats and blogs about safety issues, about how parents can make sure their kids are both safe and warm in the car this winter. Qunell said problems with strap tightness arise because parents tend to loosen the harness to accommodate a thick jacket.