Safety Flashback: Baby Strollers
In the 70s, we showed less restraint — at least when it came to transporting tots
In the 1970s, many tots were riding high in prams like this. Did moms really expect older babies to sit nicely from such a lofty position? The minute this little one drops something and reaches for it, she'll likely tumble out. It appears the only thing holding her in is a flap of fabric.
Now we know better: Today the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released new federal safety guidelines for strollers. As of September 10, 2015, all strollers must be designed to prevent mishaps including pinched (or even amputated) fingers in hinges, parking brake failure and detached wheels.
The guidelines also call for manufacturers to avoid "seat belts that allow children to unfasten [them] or escape." In the past the CPSC has stressed that one of the key safety features of a baby carriage or stroller is a restraint. At the very least, the CPSC says a safe stroller should have a three-point harness — a strap over each shoulder that connects to another between a child’s leg. A five-point harness — which includes a strap across each leg as well as a buckle for tightening the shoulder straps across a baby's chest — is even better.
When it comes to stroller safety, we’ve come a long way, baby!