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Editors of the Boston Globe on Car Seats for Kids

Do the Editors of the Boston Globe actually have children that they’ve put in car seats or are they just making stuff up for this editorial on car seats? An excerpt (emphasis mine):

RECOMMENDATIONS THAT parents keep children in specially designed car seats until older ages — the American Academy of Pediatrics recently decreed that kids up to age 2 should be in rear-facing seats — have improved safety on the roads. But the need for special seats for multiple children had an unintended consequence: Parents buy larger cars because those seats don’t fit easily into smaller cars.

That’s the fault of both the automobile industry, which has failed to contour back seats to maximize space for child seats, and the seat makers, who don’t seem to have given much thought to how parents can fit multiple seats into a modest-sized vehicle. The two should start working together to solve a very real problem.

It’s not just that families are being obliged to drive unnecessarily larger cars — though the cost in gas dollars and carbon emissions is significant — but that many makes of car seats are unwieldy and require tricky installation. So the lack of coordination between car and seat manufacturers means that some parents who think they’re protecting their children are inadvertently putting them at risk in poorly installed seats.

Brilliant, except this problem has already been “solved” by a Federal mandate know as the LATCH system. From the NHTSA website:

NHTSA is here to help you. Nearly every car seat and most vehicles manufactured since September 1, 2002, are required to have the LATCH system. LATCH makes it easier to get the child seat in right – the first time and every time.

I’m not sure how much coordination their could be. Every car seat basically fits every car. The Globe continues with its nonsense:


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