New results show dangers of winter coats in car seats

New results show dangers of winter coats in car seats


OFFICERS ARE ALSO FACING CHARGES IN GRAY’S DEATH. HERE’S A BIG MISTAKE THAT PARENTS MAKE IN THE WINTER: YOU PUT YOUR CHILD IN THE CAR SEAT WITH THE WINTER JACKET STILL ON YOUR BOY OR GIRL. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRAPPED THEM IN AND KEEPING THEM SAFE? JEFF ROSSEN HAS THE NEW THAT PROVES OTHERWISE. THIS DUMMY WENT FLYING OUT OF THE CAR SEAT. AND THIS ONE, THE LITTLE VIOLENTLY TOSSED FORWARD, STRAPPED IN, ALL LOOKED GOOD SO WHAT WENT WRONG? THIS IS MY 3-YEAR-OLD SON BLAKE. YOU SAY I’VE BEEN MAKING THE MISTAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKE IN HOW I PUT HIM IN THE CAR SEAT. I THINK YOU DO. SHOW WHEE WHAT YOU DO. SNAP, SNAP, IT LOOKS SNUG TO ME. TAKE HIM OUT AND TAKE THE JACKET OFF. TAKE BLAKE OUT, REMOVE THE PUFFY COAT AND PUT HIM BACK IN. WOW, THIS IS UNREAL. IT’S DANGEROUS. WE’RE AT THIS OFFICIAL CRASH TEST LAB IN MICHIGAN. WE HAVE, AS YOU CAN SEE, A CHILD DUMMY IN A WINTER JACKET STRAPPED INTO A CAR SEAT. TO ME, THEY FEEL FIGHT. WE’LL SIMULATE A CRASH AT ABOUT 30 MILES PER HOUR. THREE, TWO, ONE… DUMMY WHIPPING FORWARD AND JUST WATCH WHEN WE RUN THE TEST AGAIN. SHE GOES FLYING OUT, EVEN HER JACKET SLIDING RIGHT OFF. IT’S SCARY TO SEE UP CLOSE. SHE RUNS THE LAB. WE WANT TO SEE A NICE TIGHT FIT OF THE HARNESS TO THE CHILD’S BODY AND SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PINCH ANY WEBBING AND THIS SHOULD BE AT ARMPIT LEVEL. AND NO PUFFY WINTER JACKET IN THE CAR SEAT. THAT’S RIGHT. AND IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. THIS TIME, THE CHILD DUMMY IS PROPERLY RESTRAINED, NO WINTER COATS, STRAPS AGAINST ITS BODY. THE DUMMY STAYS RIGHT IN THE SEAT, IT WORKS. THAT’S THE PROOF RIGHT THERE. AND IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR CHILD BEING COLD IN THE CAR, HERE’S THE BEST ADVICE. INSTEAD OF PUTTING IT ON HIM, PUT IT OVER HIM TO KEEP HIM WARM OR USE A BLANKET.

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