Safety Flashback: Child Car Seats
Can you even call this a car seat?
Can you imagine being a parent in the 1950s and tucking your tot into this contraption? At least it had a toy steering wheel so baby could play front-seat driver (probably not wise, lest in a few years he attempt to start the car, a Buick Super Riviera Hardtop, and drive using the real thing).
Today, we know that kids, and their car seats, should go in the back of the car, not the front. That small kids should face backward, not forward. And that the safest car seats have a five-point harness (this one appears to use a no-point harness).
Until the 1960s, child car seats were meant to simply contain the child in the car so they couldn’t horse around — they weren’t necessarily intended to keep kids safe. But in the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted the first federal standards for child seating systems. And by 1985, all 50 states passed child passenger safety laws that required restraint systems to protect infants and children under 5 years old.