Flashback: When Child Safety Seats Weren’t Safe

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 24th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Child Car Safety Seat

These days, parents who don’t strap their children into safety car seats can be fined or even jailed. However, that wasn’t always the case — especially in the 1930’s when child safety seats were first being developed and quite dangerous.

Don’t believe it? History blog Modern Mechanix dug up three examples of unsafe child safety seats that will blow your mind. All were featured in old-school issues of Popular Science magazine.

Click on the photos below to read about each one:

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Baby Car Seat

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Baby Car Seat

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Baby Car Seat

Thankfully, today’s child safety seats are federally regulated and legally required. What were parents back then thinking?




2 Responses

  1. Retired.. I Have A Photo Of Myself In One Of These. If The Car Had Wrecked I would Have Went Right through The Windshield Of A 1950 Ford.


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