Did you know that the first child car seats were actually created to simply give the child a boost so that they could see out of the windows? Yep, the first “child seats” weren’t actually created with safety in mind. It wasn’t until 1962, when car seats were actually created for safety purposes. Two men, Jean Ames and Len Rivkin, designed seats that were meant to keep the child safe while traveling in a vehicle. Ames created a rear-facing seat that included a Y-strap which is quite similar to many of the seats produced today. Rivkin constructed a metal framed seat that the child was to be buckled into. By 1968, auto manufacturers such as Ford had begun to catch on to the concept of “safety seats” for children and began producing their own child restraints. It wasn’t until 1979 when the first child restraint law was created! It then took 6 years for all of the other states in the U.S to adopt the law.
These days, not only do child restraints have to be designed to meet specific safety requirements but there are even training classes on proper installation. As you can see, we have actually come quite a long way when it comes to making sure our tots are safe when traveling in a vehicle (thank goodness) and I am pretty sure that there will be many more great developments in this area in the future. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed today’s Friday Fun Fact. Feel free to share it with others. Happy Parenting!