Car-Baby Convertible

Holiday magazine, June 1952
Holiday magazine, June 1952

What could possibly go wrong in this topless trunk, balancing on the back seat?


This next one looks like little more than cardboard and a strap.

If baby just wants to chill, baby can recline with an extra pillow and a lap belt.

You’d think the idea of “just turn it around” would create all kinds of neck injuries upon impact. I’ve never seen a car like this, so I guess the idea never took off.

Nope. Here’s the headline from a July 2015 article: Volvo Takes Kids’ Safety To New Heights, Showcases Customised XC90 SUV Featuring Innovative Baby Seat. (an awful site due to its onslaught of ads)

What do you think? Does this look safe for baby? What if Jumpsuit Barbie flings all 105 lbs of her waxed body into him at a hard stop? Would that be a good idea? And won’t Barbie be silently resenting her position, relegated to the back seat, second priority in Ken’s life? That’s got to mess with her psyche. I don’t see it happening, Volvo.

12 thoughts on “Car-Baby Convertible”

  1. Great post, it’s fun to observe the evolution of “safety”. It’s funny, I recently stumbled upon a letter that my Mother received for driving me and five other Grade 2 students on a field trip. I still have a visual of us all climbing over the seats in the station wagon with nary a seat belt in site. They were simpler times and for some reason they seemed like more fun times, but I wonder also, how lucky we might have been that nothing went afoul. Cheers, Harlon

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    1. I guess plenty of people must have perished for them to change the rules, so we were the lucky ones. I can’t imagine throwing my son in the back of a pick-up and whipping around curves, like I recall. Thanks for your memory. How much “safer” do you suppose it will get in the future, when cars drive for us?

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  2. Oh my. So much input. So much to say. If you tried to market the bed that gripped your seat like a drive in tray the Feds would be up in your keester faster than you could say no fault insurance. Volvo. The cutting edge of Swedish technology,right there. You are probably right about Barbie. She’d need therapy before the kid turned six. Don’t you think that if you had a 1000 lb engine plus myriad other steel pieces and parts buffering you from impact makes a difference? Or maybe not.

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  3. See, the thing is, there was this baby boom back then and we had a lot of surplus babies. I mean, you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a baby. So they were kind of expendable and that led to some interesting design choices for rugrat car seats. This is historical fact.

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    1. Clearly it is fact. I am so self-centered that I was only focused on my one child and how he must live to be 100 in perfect health. Things were different when soldiers came home and knocked their wives up every year post-war thru 1960. And don’t get me started on if I’d married a coalminer. I’d probably have had a litter of expendables, having nothing to do in the holler but chores and breeding. I’m sure riding in minecarts was safe, though. You can bet your sweet bippy.


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