Yes, and no, it is not ridiculous :-)
What is ridiculous is a kid being seriously or fatally injured...or even ejected entirely, which has been documented, because he was wearing a puffy coat.
I have three kids. I live in New England. We had a record-breaking cold winter last year, I do not have a garage, and it dipped to 20 or more below 0-F, on several occasions. Never once did any of my three kids ride unsafely in the car for my convenience.
It has nothing to do with 'accommodating' seasonal clothing, unless you'd like car seats to start defying the laws of physics ;-)
In a crash, all the soft material in padded clothes compresses as the child's body slams into the harness. The more padding, the further the child's body goes. The further the body goes, the further the head and neck snaps, the greater the risk of spinal injury, the greater the risk of the child's body impacting a solid object within the car.
One of the saddest things I ever saw was a baby's snowsuit buckled safely into an infant carrier with no baby inside it. The baby was ejected...dead on impact. The snowsuit had compressed and the baby came right out the top of the harness.
Originally Posted by Chamsia
Really--you're not supposed to have kids in coats in a carseat? So you're supposed to take the kid out of the coat in the car with the cold blowing in the door, then re-coat the kid with the cold blowing in the door again when you get where you're going? Does anyone actually do this in places where it gets cold? Ridiculous!!!!!!!!! Totally freezing, not to mention (yet another) time sucker. One would think that in the 21st century they would have carseats that accomodate seasonal clothing.
I think I have oomphed the seat to its most possbily upright position, which isn't very upright.
Will try ratcheting the adjustment strap.
I'm bummed to not love this seat anymore. Won't be recommending it, alas.