• Cfthelin avatar Cfthelin Posted: 2/26/2013 9:39am PST

    Back when I was in the auto safety business and evaluating Child Car Restraint (CRD) devices, I joked that the way to avoid the problems addressed here would be to put the kid inside a large netting bean bag full of baseball-sized Styrofoam (energy-absorbing) CRD ball. That would protect the kid and muffle the noise-making. Sadly no one took me up on that :>)

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 2/26/2013 12:19pm PST

    Interesting comment, Cfthelin. But, wouldn't that cut down on the driver's rear visibility? Also, what if the child decided chewing on Styrofoam was a good idea? Your suggestion gave me a laugh, anyway. Thanks.

  • Cfthelin avatar Cfthelin Posted: 2/26/2013 2:49pm PST

    Yes, it was meant to be funny, but around coffee we thought if the mesh bad fit across half the rear seat and filled the area between the first seat back and the second seat back, it wouldn't be high enough to block vision or fly over the front seat. I used Styrofoam as an example of crush-and-stay-crushed EA stuff. I guess a bunch of safety guys would not think of edibility.
    Sadly I don't think there is a perfect solution for Moms with little kids along for the ride. The best solution would to always have another person (Dad?) riding shot gun in the back. In my case, the older siblings had the role. Anyway, there is no risk-free life promised :>)