Police say children shouldn’t wear winter coats in car seats

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Large winter clothing worn under a harness can prevent car seat restraints from working properly, according to a warning issued by police.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is warning parents that bulky winter coats can lessen the effectiveness of car seats for children. 

“A lot of parents, when we put this out, they were like ‘Oh my gosh, I had no idea. I didn’t know that,'” CRPD Officer Shannon Sampson told WTTE.

“If babies wearing a thick winter coat and they get in a crash, everything is going to compress,” she said.

In the event of a crash, a coat or a jacket can add extra space within the harness, and that can be dangerous. “Probably not hold baby in the seat or baby could even go flying out depending on how loose the straps are,” Officer Sampson says.

“Buckle baby in, then you can put blankets over top or even the coat over top,” she said.

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