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Old 11-05-2010, 07:09 AM   #1
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Rearfacing in 1970's!

Take a look at this picture



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Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing a child sitting in a rear-facing safety seat installed in a motor car in 1970. A man wearing sunglasses is at the wheel of the car. "

http://museumvictoria.com.au/collect...otor-cars-1970

Too bad it's not from the US!

Whoa- I totally just realized the entire vehicle seat is rearfacing, how does that work? Technically this kid isn't RFing then right?

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Old 11-05-2010, 07:13 AM   #2
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COOL! Where did you find this?
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:43 AM   #3
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Seen this before!
I also once read an entire study done (late '70's? early '80's?) on carseat usage in general. The conclusion stated that any child restraint was helpful in preventing serious injury or death, but rear facing child restraints (even if the child was not harnessed in) proved to be the safest means of transportation (and some children were as old as 15-18 months I believe).
Amazing that this was so conclusive back then but many parents won't even hear of ERF today.
I probably have that study if anyone wants to see it.
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It was probably in Sweden. They have been ERFing since the 60s!
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I think it was australia or austria, the website ended in .au

I found it through google. I think it's pretty neat!
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I probably have that study if anyone wants to see it.
I would love to see that study.
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Re: Rearfacing in 1970's!

Wow, I use to ride STANDING in between my parents in the FRONT seat. There is no way, I would let my children do this. However, I have to admit when we are out on the farm, I let them stand in the back of my Trailblazer, so they can look for deer and other critters better. Especially this time of year, because we often have bald eagles nesting along our creek. I'm also driving about 10 mph or less and there is no traffic on our private farm roads.
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I think it was australia or austria, the website ended in .au

I found it through google. I think it's pretty neat!
I would assume Australia, with the site being museumvictoria.

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This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.
Victoria. Melbourne. Yep, Australia.

IMO, the entire seat turned around is just as ERF as a child seat RF. I think I had read something once about a van in Japan that was made to where the middle row could be turned to face the back row? I think that would be fabulous.
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Victoria. Melbourne. Yep, Australia.

IMO, the entire seat turned around is just as ERF as a child seat RF. I think I had read something once about a van in Japan that was made to where the middle row could be turned to face the back row? I think that would be fabulous.
I wouldn't be hard to make the seat go the other way. Passenger cars on trains use to do it years ago. There was a lever on the side of the seat back, that you pulled and the seat back moved to the other side. They were made this way so people could make their seats face each other, like a booth. They also done this because of short line trains that went back and forth, they usually, just switched the power to the other end of the train. So, you changed the seat back to face the way you were traveling.

That would be great in SUVs and vans.
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I think I had read something once about a van in Japan that was made to where the middle row could be turned to face the back row? I think that would be fabulous.
The last few years of Chrysler Town & Country vans do this
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