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Parents warned winter coats can interfere with car seat safety

The Utah Department of Public Safety is reminding caregivers that a winter coat can keep a child's car seat from protecting them in the event of a crash.
The Utah Department of Public Safety is reminding caregivers that a winter coat can keep a child's car seat from protecting them in the event of a crash.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Public Safety is reminding caregivers that a winter coat can keep a child’s car seat from protecting them in the event of a crash.

According to Safe Kids, a bulky coat can compress in a crash and create a loose car seat harness, putting a child at greater risk of injury in the event of a crash.

To prevent that from happening, officials advise caregivers to secure children in their car seats without bulky jackets and then place the coat or a blanket over them.