Indianapolis, IND. (February 24th, 2015) -- Parents want to keep their kids warm while traveling in the car, but safety experts say a bulky coat and a car seat can be a dangerous combination.
"When you bulk them up with these heavy coats, it makes it hard to keep them strapped into their car seats. Even when parents think they’re strapped in all the way, they’re really not," explained Rosy Hyre, a Program Support Specialist for the Safety Store at the Riley Hospital for Children.
"If there's an accident the child could be ejected from their car seat," Hyre said.
Hyre suggests securing kids in their seats without a coat, then putting the coat over the child and the car seat with their arms through the sleeves of the jacket. Parents can pack extra blankets too.