Safety officials warn of winter coat and car seat dangers

11/25/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Texas – Safety officials are advising that parents remain cautious about how they fasten their children into car seats this winter. As reported by News Channel 10, officials are warning that heavy winter coats and jackets may get in the way of being able to strap children into car seats safely if one is not careful.

Trooper Chris Ray is quoted as stating of the issue, “Now when it is cold, we do know that those kids are going to be bundled up, they’re going to be wearing jackets, the straps aren’t going to be quite as tight.

“Parents are going to let those out, and that’s when we run into a problem keeping those kids secure because they’re able to wiggle out of that harness and then they’re loose. And if there is a crash, the injury is going to be more substantial.”

Ray is further quoted as stating of recommendations for dealing with related challenges, “So what we recommend is go ahead and take the jacket off, and just cover them with a blanket… Make sure the straps do hold them in securely. But again we do recommend that you read the owners manual or go to the website for the manufacturer of that car seat, they’ve got some great tips.”

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