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Bulky coats could cause car seats not to properly work

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. (WSIL) -- It's important for young children to be properly secured in a safety seat when traveling, but this time of year adds another layer of concern. Bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits can cause the car seat to not work properly.

News 3 demonstrates how to proper put your child into a car seat.

First put the child into the car seat, buckle them in and then put a blanket or a coat over them.

Experts said if caregivers do this it can help reduce a child from being injured or worse ejected from the vehicle during an accident.

Les O'Dell from 'Two Bugs and a Bean Children's Resale Boutique' said in an event of an accident or a crash the puffy coat is going to compress and make it so that there's a gap between the car seat straps and the child which could lead to injury or a child be thrown from the vehicle during a crash. He also spoke about how to protect your toddler.

"For older kids, you can either put them in their car seats, strap them in and then put their winter coat on them backwards so that they have their arms covered and their chest covered but still have their straps closest to their body," said O'Dell.

If need help installing your child's safety seat or just want to make sure it is installed properly, head over to your local Car Seat Technician and they can help.

According to the CDC in 2018, 636 children, 12-years of age and younger died in motor vehicle crashes and more than 97,000 were injured. Of those children who died in a crash, 33 percent of them were not buckled in.

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Denise Turner

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