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Car seat rant no. 4

During the nearly eight-year lifespan of my youngest child I have railed in this space at least three times already about the absurd absence of standardized anchor systems for children’s car seats.

Each editorial tantrum has invariably followed the obscenity-laced experience of attempting to properly install my daughter’s car seat. I rarely remove it, but on those occasions when I must, the ordeal of re-installation is enough to drive me to the edge of blind rage.

For most parents, no backseat cargo is remotely as precious as the children they buckle into a car seat. My daughter’s car seat is a marvel of modern engineering, composed of pressed steel, molded plastic and foam padding. It rivals in sophisticated design, safety engineering and price the racing seats in a NASCAR Sprint Cup sedan.

And yet all that engineered safety is meaningless unless the seat can be properly anchored on the back seat of my car, which has convenient anchor points for the pin-clips the seat is designed to attach with.

I am a reasonably-fit, mechanically-adept and sufficiently-strong adult male, and I should be able to master most such installation challenges.

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