Automotive Safety News

Release date: 12/21/2017

Bulking clothing can compress in an accident and create a loose car seat harness, putting the child at greater risk of injury.  

Follow these tips to keep children warm in the car:  
  • Dress your child in thin layers.  
  • Close-fitting layers on the bottom, ie tights, leggings, and long sleeve bodysuits
  • Add pants and a warmer top, like a sweater or thermal knit shirt
  • Children can wear a thin fleece jacket over the top
  • In very cold weather long underwear is a safe layering option
  • A general rule for infants is that they should wear one more layer than adults.  
  • Hats, mittens, and socks or booties
  • Tighten the straps of the car seat harness.  Does the harness pass the pinch test?  You should not be able to pinch any harnessing strap at the shoulder, belly, or hips.  
  • Use a coat or blanket over the straps.  Never us anything that comes between teh child and the harnessing.  
  • There are many products on the market to attach to a car seat.  A good rule of thumb is that if it did not come with teh car seat, it has not been crash tested and may interfere with the protection provided in a crash.  Do not sue these types of products unless they are permitted by the car seat manufacturer.  

American Academy of Pediatrics:  Winter Car Seat Safety Tips from the AAP, 

Safe Kids Worldwide:  Winter Driving with the Little Ones,