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    I had no idea because it has never been an issue. It doesn't get cold enough for coats that heavy here. In addition to the safety factor, the temperature in the car can also get uncomfortable if you are wearing a heavy coat. So I don't think I would bundle them up until we got to our destination.

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    What exactly is the issue with wearing the coat?

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    It's different if you're talking about a few times a year. We have long cold winters here and there's no way the kids are going to take off their jackets before getting into the car in this weather. Juliet is 5 and still in a 5-point harness and it fits fine over her winter coat and gets nice and snug. The temperature of the car isn't a problem as we regulate it for people wearing coats! We're all wearing our coats.

    When the kids were babies and still in the snap & go type car seat (rear-facing) they didn't need the coats. We'd buckle them in while we were still inside and we had that cozy cover thingy that is like a big sack made for the seat that goes over the top and gets zipped up, and they'd be warm on the way to the car inside that thing. But older kids can't be expected to remove their coats in winter to get into the car, or take them off inside a freezing cold car.

    We also don't drive all that much, to be honest. Most things are walkable in our town and a lot of our outings are on the train to Manhattan. But it doesn't matter, in winter they keep their coats on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post

    The one thing people do on a regular basis that bothers me is leaving the handle on the infant seat up in a carry position, very scary
    Not to get side tracked, but it depends on the seat. Our seat (on the side in pictures) said that handle up was one position, or handle all the way down, but not in-between when riding in the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cristancanoe View Post
    What exactly is the issue with wearing the coat?
    Because the fill inside thick winter jackets is so compressible, the reasoning is that in a car accident it will act like air and the straps like they are loose (not sure I am making sense). The force of the accident will compress the coat and it will be like the straps are loose. I have also heard that a child can come right out of their coat, ie. slip out of the straps and everything, which seems ridiculous to me, since in that kind of weather the jacket is zipped right to the top.

    The biggest thing, I think, is that they are not safety tested with jackets on underneath, so every car seat says not to do it.
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    As someone else mentioned, everyone in the car is wearing a coat, so you adjust the heat for the winter jacket. Honestly, it is only -20 here right now, and I cant drive without gloves on because the steering wheel is so friggin cold to touch! I have to take my gloves off to do up carseat buckles, and my fingers are freezing by the time I am done 2 seats. I couldnt imagine asking them to sit in those seats without something warm between them and the freezing plastic.

    We also do a lot of short drives as DD goes to school and DS to preschool across town, but it is a small town, so about a 10 minute drive. That is not long enough for the interior of the car to warm up much
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    I don't. My kids are bundled right up in the winter when we leave the house at 7:00. I can start my van remotely several times but as soon as the van opens the cold air rushes in. There's no way I'd take my kids out of their coats at -30 or -40. We have very high windchills and we always have warning about how little time it takes skin to freeze. Seriously, our weather forecast always predicts, based on the windchill factors, how many minutes exposed skin takes to freeze. Yeah, that wouldn't happen just taking them out of their coats for a few minutes, but that's just an indicator of how bloody cold it can get here.

    If we had a winter climate where it wouldn't be a big deal or they could handle a sweater and a blanket then yeah, I'd probably consider leaving the coats off for the ride.

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    When my sister lived in Germany, she had her kids put their coats on backwards to walk out to the van. They'd all get in and close the door, and then she'd unzip the back & strap each kid into their carseat. Enough of the coat covered them to stay warm but it wasn't so bulky that the straps didn't fit right. And she didn't readjust the straps to fit over the coat, she made the coat fit under the straps. Her van didn't heat up well enough to be safe for the kids without their coats on. She would put an extra blanket over them if they needed it, but she worried about it falling off so she never relied on that being their only warmth.
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    I am in the "leave the coat on when it's freezing cold" club. I understand the theory behind taking them out, but just cannot fathom taking my kid's coats off when it's freezing cold/snowing/sleeting outside. I don't think I know anyone who actually makes their kids take off their winter coats in the car in Colorado in the winter IRL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    I am in the "leave the coat on when it's freezing cold" club. I understand the theory behind taking them out, but just cannot fathom taking my kid's coats off when it's freezing cold/snowing/sleeting outside. I don't think I know anyone who actually makes their kids take off their winter coats in the car in Colorado in the winter IRL.
    Ya I think any of my friends/family that still live in Montana would laugh at anyone who told them they needed to take their kids coats off and think they were crazy.
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