As the weather begins to cool, remember that winter coats and car seats can be a dangerous combination. Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics and NHTSA recommend no coats or bulky clothing should be worn in car seats. Car seat technicians also say to put nothing thicker than a sweatshirt on your child under the harness straps of a car seat.
Bulky sweaters, coats or fleeces prevent a snug fit of the safety seat harness on your child. Although the harness may appear to be snug over a coat, when the coat is compressed by the force of a crash, the harness will not protect your child the way it should.