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Old 02-01-2012, 11:14 AM
Location: You know... That place
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Originally Posted by PoppySead View Post
On a funny note my 17 year old daughter is 90lbs, 5 ft. lol I guess I should strap her in still to be safe but she's driving the car. lol
I taught one of my grandmothers how to drive when she was in her 70s. She was a very small woman. At first, she sat on phone books just to see over the steering wheel. Then one day, she was out and saw booster seats. She ended up buying one and using it every time she drove.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:06 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Lol! My mom is only 4'11" and she use to always sit on phone books when we were kids. We still laugh about it now. She loves her electric seats that she can move forward and up !
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:22 PM
Location: Geneva, IL
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My mom is 4'11" too, and to this day she sits on a cushion to drive...although I wish she would just stay in the passenger seat!
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Zimbochick View Post
This is an opinion piece, and the authors admit they have no expertise in child safety. I'll stick with the findings of experts in the field.
I only found it interesting because it was the Freakonomics guys. They are statisticians and researchers. I personally would not debunk their findings in terms of the actual statistics, how they were come by and what they say. They included the "we are not child safety experts" as a liability limiter, but I still find their research to be rather interesting and worthy of further exploration.

Alas, what happens with most of these things is that they end up starting out as "good recommendations" from studies funded by the people who sell the product. Then the lobbying starts and the "recommendations" turn into laws. The car seat industry is HUGE and is certainly profiting greatly by the proliferation of laws and ever increasing recommendations for how long you need to keep your kids in car seats and boosters.
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