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What Parents Should Know About Car Seats and Bulky Winter Coat Dangers

1-800-CAR-WRECK Houston car accident attorneys discuss the unknown risks posed to children placed in car seats while wearing heavy winter coats.

What Parents Should Know About Car Seats and Bulky Winter Coat Dangers

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1-800-CAR-WRECK Houston car accident attorneys discuss the unknown risks posed to children placed in car seats while wearing heavy winter coats.

Although many parents see the use of a bulky coat as necessary for keeping their child warm during the cold winter months, doing so can actually prove risky while they travel. Thick and heavy coats can pose dangers for children who are strapped in car seats that parents may not be aware of. This is something safety advocates are now trying to raise awareness about.

Source: News Channel 10 Report “Winter coats pose danger in car seats”

“With heavy sweaters and jackets, safety officials say your child may not be strapped in properly to their car seat. The thick clothing does not allow the straps to tighten to the child's chest, creating space between them and the harness.”

To read more, visit http://www.newschannel10.com/story/27472287/winter-coats-pose-danger-in-car-seats.

Some reports say that a number of injuries and deaths are reported each year as a result of a child being ejected from a car seat due to heavy coats preventing them from being strapped in properly.

Source: Fox 13 Report “The danger of children wearing winter coats in a car seat”

“There are deaths reported every year where children have been ejected from their car seats because they were wearing a bulky coat in their seat.

How does this accident happen? Experts say when the coat compresses, it leaves too much room between a child’s body and the straps in their seat.”

To read further visit http://fox13now.com/2014/11/17/the-danger-of-children-wearing-winter-coats-in-a-car-seat/.

According to the Houston car wreck attorneys of the Eberstein & Witherite law firm, there are ways to resolve the issue so that children can be kept safe as well as warm while traveling in the cold. The following are five tips for making sure children are secured in car seats while being transported in cold weather conditions.

? After the child is secured in their seat, put their coat on backward so it can cover them like a blanket, while not getting in the way of the harness.
? Cover the child with a blanket as opposed to a coat during the duration of the car trip after they have been securely strapped in, so they can stay warm without their safety being compromised.
? If your child is wearing a coat, test to see if it is too big by seeing if you are able to pinch the webbing on the harness between your forefinger and thumb. If so, the coat is too bulky for the harness to be tight enough.

The Houston car accident attorneys of 1-800-CAR-WRECK say that safety should be the number one priority when transporting children in vehicles. A bulky coat may keep a child warm; however, it is not in their best interest to wear it if it diminishes the effectiveness of their car seat.

The attorneys of Eberstein & Witherite are vocal child safety advocates who seek to raise awareness about any threat to the safety of child passengers in motor vehicles. The law firm is also available to help parents of children who have been hurt in a traffic accident caused by another driver’s negligence or misconduct recover compensation for damages. If your child has been injured in an accident in Houston and you would like to discuss legal options for financial recovery with a Houston child accident injury attorney, contact the law firm by calling 1-800-CAR-WRECK for help today.

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