MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s hard enough bundling up your kids for this cold weather, but doctors want to make sure your child isn’t too bundled to be safe in a car seat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents to make sure the straps on their car seats are snug.READ MORE: Pursuit That Started In Osakis Ends With Unconscious Suspect Taken To Hospital
A bulky winter coat can interfere with that, causing the child to slip out of their seats in a crash.READ MORE: Deadly Crash On I-94 In Minneapolis Happened Due To 'Poor Driving Behavior', State Patrol Says
There is a way to test if your child’s coat passes the test.
“The way we check for tightness is we shoudn’t be able to take a tuck in the webbing. This is too loose. So what we will do is pull and snug it up, and you can see here that I can’t take a pinch,” Hennepin Healthcare nurse and trauma prevention specialist Julie Philbrook said.MORE NEWS: Sheriff: Nearly A Month After Wife's Stabbing Death, Eric Reinbold Found 'Hiding In The Woods' And Taken Into Custody
Philbook says use your child’s coat as a blanket over the straps. Then use a thinner option for car trips like layers and a fleece jacket.