Winter car seat safety
(KTVI) – A child’s bulky winter gear can pose a hazard when they’re buckled into a car seat. Abby Iffrig, from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, talked with John Petzborn about some things to do and some things to avoid.
*Bulky coats create too much space between a child and the car seat straps.
*Car seats are designed to work best when a child is situated snugly within the straps.
*If you’re driving at 40 mph, then so is everything in your vehicle. If an accident suddenly stops the vehicle, everything inside will shift accordingly. A child will move more than is considered safe if his or her coat is creating space between the child and the straps of the car seat.
*Children should be buckled in wearing no more than what they would typically wear indoors — like a sweater or sweatshirt.
*Check to see if your child can pass the “pinch test” when buckled.
*If you’re concerned about your child’s comfort in the cold, strap the child in, then put their arms through the sleeves of a coat backwards or tuck a blanket around the child.
*Nothing should come between the child and the straps of the car seat
*Same rules apply for booster seats and car seats.
*85% (this our SS # – # of seats that arrive at SS improperly installed or incorrectly used), national sources say “1 in 3″ of car seats are installed improperly. To make an appointment to have a professional check your safety seat for free or provide additional safety tips, call 314.454.KIDS to make an appointment at Safety Stop. We have technicians at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Progress West and the Magic House.