Question on baby safety

Brett Dikeman brett at
Tue Apr 13 22:30:25 EDT 2004

At 1:51 PM -0400 4/13/04, Brendan wrote:
>  > Ok, back to the question at hand.  My wife and I currently own a Toyota
>>  Echo.  Nice car, good on the gas, but a car seat will not work right in the
>>  rear seat.  The belt will not tighten enough, and because of that the wife
>>  has to get rid of it to get something safer (she wants an Escape for
>>  herself).
>Safer? What do you mean?
>So, up until now, you didn't mind getting paralyzed, so you drove something
>unsafe? I'm confused. Most cars are safe. A child is actually more likely to
>survive an accident, because they are smaller, lighter and more flexbile, so
>I would worry more about the adults than the children. They will do fine.

Not to mention, children in car seats are usually in the safest place 
in the car- dead center.  They're also strapped in to what is 
essentially a 5-point harness.

What I've never quite understood was the emphasis on getting the seat 
as tightly belted in as possible...everything I learned in physics 
contradicts that advice.

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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