If you stop the vehicle (wreck/gas), you take them out of the straps and put the coat back on. ;) That's what we did and wonder of all wonder; it worked.
Here's the stats.
Death among children and adolescents: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Were any of the other people on the take em off side in the facebook debate not from your area?
Sure, in a fender bender that works. I am thinking of a more serious accident, where the adults in the car are not able to help the child. Also, you should not remove a child from their seat in a bad wreck, but wait and let a paramedic do it if you can. The seat will help to immobilize their back in case of spinal injury. I dont think anyone in the debate was from my immediate area. It was on a nursing support board. I'm not sure I know anyone who takes them off who live near me. At least no one I have asked in the last week or so.
Those stats only tell that most kids die from accidents. I would love to see stats about kids injured or killed because they were wearing a jacket in a car seat. Truth is, we dont even know how dangerous it really is, just that the testing has not been done. Now I am not saying that makes it safe. As I said before, I do make a judgement call, and take the jackets off when we are going to be driving at highway speeds, and the kids only wear their jackets around town, although, even in the course of this debate I am starting to question myself about taking the jackets off, as at highway speeds is where we are most likely to have a more serious accident, which is why I make them take the jackets off so their seats are more effective. Like I said, it is more of a weighing one danger against another for me and one of those subjects that I am constantly second guessing myself on, which is maybe why these debates bother me. I can truly see it from both sides.....I just dont think it is a black and white issue.
When I'm home, I'm going to find the youtube video of what happens when the harness is too loose. I know I'm not going to change people's minds, but if it comes to taking a chance my child *may* be in an accident so severe that we shouldn't remove him from the car, I'd like the option of doing so instead of searching for him because he slid out of the straps because the coat won't help him if it stays in the seat and the kid doesn't. So it really is black and white to me. There is very very very little gray area and all of it involves a trip to the emergency room wiht not enough time to take my kid out of his coat after he was already in it when the er situation began.