Experts: Don’t strap child in car seat with bulky coat on

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Car seats, heavy winter coats can be danger to children

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Strapping your child in a car seat while wearing a bulky coat could mean danger, experts say.

This cold weather habit could leave as much as four inches between the car seat straps and your child.

"That would cause the child to come out of it if they were in a crash," said Kelli Sharp with Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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Sharp estimates as many as 90 percent of children in Montgomery County are not strapped in properly.

Small adjustments such as warming up the car first and using a blanket could save your child’s life if in a crash. You can also purchase thinner coats that are still warm, Sharp said.

If you’re still unsure, Dayton Children’s offers free monthly checks to make sure your car seat is installed correctly.

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