Early prototypes of the children’s car seat


It’s good to know that the industry ultimately steered away from some of their other products. :grimacing:

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I have a little experience with car seats these days- the coolest design features I have seen are the swiveling one (incredibly helpful), and the car seat that transforms into a stroller- which I haven’t tried but see everywhere lately.

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Love the kid’s expression in the first photo. “You gonna close that door lady?” I bet that surfacing language would fly off the shelves today, “its so minimal”.
The Orbit stuff was state-of-the-art when we were in maximum breeding mode, and maintains face contact all the way through that transfer.
The folding seat-stroller seems like a bad endo waiting to happen.

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Interesting to see the early origins eh? I was born in the mid/late 70’s so we didn’t really have safety devices like this. I remember standing up in the backseat, no seatbelt… My brother was born in the early/mid 80’s and car seats became a legal requirement in 1985 in the US. Being 8 years apart we are technically in different generations, and it is interesting to see things like this that coincide with that generational difference.

I remember years ago hearing or reading (possibly on the Freakonomics podcast?) that car seats are actually surprisingly ineffective at preventing injury and/or death in auto accidents, but that no one in a position of power is willing to tackle the issue because they’d instantly be seen as “anti car seat,” a nonviable position politically.

I haven’t delved any deeper to see if this is a real thing or if it’s just my dumb memory making things up. Anyone out there have more definitive knowledge on the subject?

Very cool. I don’t know why but I really love old photos of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and so forth.

The history of design and engineering is always fascinating.

Would be interesting to know more about this. Also filed under “total BS” is the way they retain no resale value due to expiration dates and/or changing standards, resulting in so much huge blow-molded garbage. Graco and the CPSC are cozy I’m sure.

Okay. Definitely wasn’t making this up. It’s in my queue for a re-listen.

“What would you say if I told you there’s a safety device that just about every parent is required to buy, but many of them hate?..And that this safety device doesn’t really seem to improve safety…”

“What jumped out at me was that in the raw data, it appeared that children who were restrained using adult seatbelts seemed to do just as well in car crashes as the kids who were in car seats.”