Parents warned not to let their kids wear winter coats inside cars – here’s why

PARENTS have been warned not to let their children wear big winter coats inside cars.

Young kids in car seats with bulky jackets on can be left vulnerable in a crash because their seatbelt straps often aren’t tight enough.

A safety expert showed in a video how the secure straps are often surprisingly loose due to padding from the big coats.

And she warned that kids can end up being ejected suddenly from their car seats in a road smash because they haven’t been securely protected.

GoodEgg Safety car seat expert Margaret Bolt demonstrated with a young boy how loose the seatbelt straps can often be.

In the clip, she said: “We’re going to tighten the harness around this little man’s winter coat. 

“This is as tight as I can possibly get it, two fingers under there, nice and snug.

“What we’re now going to do is take the coat off just to show you how loose the straps in fact still are.”

She added: “So now without adjusting the harness, doing the buckle back up, you can see how much movement there is in the straps and how much slack there in fact still is.

“Now if you wear a winter coat in a car seat, and the car is involved in a crash, all the padding in that coat will be compressed and effectively this is how loose the straps are, and the child could be ejected from the seat.”

A video on YouTube also warns of the dangers of kids wearing big coats in cars – by showing what would happen in a crash.

Experts strapped a child dummy wearing a padded jacket into a car seat and then simulated a crash at 30mph.

The dummy then flies out of the seat despite the straps having seemingly been tight and secure beforehand.

So parents should take extra precautions over this winter by making sure their kid has their coat off when they get into a motor – even if it takes some extra effort.

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