Are you buckling your child correctly into their car seat?

Use this photo guide to determine if your child is safely fitted in their car seat. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of NHTSA)
Use this photo guide to determine if your child is safely fitted in their car seat. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of NHTSA)

The time for puffy jackets and bulky outerwear has arrived and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA’s Safe Seats 4 Kids have some important information you should know about buckling your children into their car seats while wearing those bulky coats.

According to NHTSA, car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.

If a child is strapped into their car seat, whether it be rear facing, front facing or a booster seat, while wearing unapproved padding such as a coat or bulky sweater placed behind or under the harness, the material can compress in a crash, creating slack in the harness system, according to AAA.

Instead of wrestling your child into their car seat, coat and all, AAA recommends placing blankets or jackets over the child after the harness is snug and secure.

In 2016 alone there were 328 children younger than 5 saved by their car seats, according to the NHTSA.

If you need more information about car seats and booster seats, click here.

For the AAA car seat safety guide, click here.

To learn more about basic child safety with vehicles, click here.

To find out more about top car seat mistakes, click here.

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