Child Car Seat Safety
In the 1960s, the first car seats were available for parents to use in their cars. While we assume that this was for safety reasons, it was not. Parents just didn’t know how important car seats were for their children’s safety. The purpose of the seats was actually for kids to be seen easier.
In 1962, two inventors combined their car seat concepts and came up with seats that were rear facing and that used the cars seat belts to strap the car seats in place.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set the first standards for car seats. In 1971, drivers were required to use child car seats, using the standard seat belts. However; this law was not usually enforced.
By the 1980s parents and the laws became more sensible and car safety for children was a top concern. All children under certain ages were required to have a proper car seat. Police started enforcing the laws, though inconsistently .
In 1985 we had laws. The new law mandated that children under a certain age to sit in a proper child seat in the car. Police started enforcing these laws, but not with rigor, not at first.
The LATCH system was invented. The LATCH system kept the seat in the proper position in the event of an accident. After this the child safety laws went crazy!
While this may have been seen as safety overload back then; we know today with the accident reports that the current laws and standards do save lives.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, bus driver, neighbor or friend keeping our children safe in the car is of utmost importance!
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