• Wayne Drury

Discount Motor City: Danger of Winter Coats with Car Seats

Who would have thought that comfortable winter coats, kids and car seats could make for a dangerous situation? At Discount Motor City, the premier of used car dealerships Surrey, we are always on the lookout for information that could help our customers and the motoring public.

First, Happy New Year! And now some information we hope may help you.

Puffy Coat Check - Check If that Winter Coat Could Be a Problem

As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness. They can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a crash. Here is a simple way to check if your child's coat is too big to wear underneath a harness:

Step 1: Put the coat on your child, sit him or her in the car seat. Fasten the harness. Tighten the harness until you can no longer pinch any of the webbings with your thumb and forefinger.

Step 2: Without loosening the harness at all, unhook it and remove your child from the car seat. Remove the coat from the child, put your child back in the car seat, and buckle the harness straps. If you can pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger now, then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.

How to Bundle Up Safely

If winter coats and car seats do not make a good match when the kids are strapped in, what to do? Here are a few suggestions for you from Consumer Report’s Auto Test Centre

For smaller children, put a blanket over them to keep them warm.

Only use aftermarket covers, essentially fitted blankets, designed to give additional warmth that are approved by the car-seat manufacturer for your specific car seat. Such covers have been tested with the seat and won't compromise your child's safety.

For a bigger child, after securing him or her in the car seat, turn the coat around and put it on backward (with arms through the armholes), so the back of the coat serves as a blanket resting on top of the harness.

How Tight Should the Car Seat Harness Be?

One of the common problems with a child car seat is that the harness is left too loose, and wearing a big winter coat can be just one of the causes.

It's important that the harness is tight enough. You should not be able to pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger. Extra slack in the harness can let the child move to the point where he or she is beyond the protection of the car seat, perhaps even being ejected during a crash.

Please do not let this happen to your child. Make sure they are strapped in properly.

Discount Motor City, Used Car Sales Surrey, BC

At Discount Motor City, used Surrey, BC, we are as passionate about providing quality and accurate information, as we are about providing a pleasant and comfortable environment at a used car dealerships Surrey.

We guarantee "no push, no pressure" service, and you are more than welcome to browse our lot at 12882 King George Blvd., just across the Patullo Bridge on the Surrey side. And feel free to call Carlo at (604) 765 6999 for information about any of our used car sales Surrey, or if you have questions about any vehicle matter.

Discount Motor City, used car sales, Surrey BC, is a family-owned and operated business. We not only work hard to earn your business but afterward, we provide what we believe to be the best in after-sales service, to keep your business.

Best wishes and happy motoring from all of us at Discount Motor City, one of the premier used car dealerships Surrey.

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