From deathtrap to lifesaver: The evolution of the carseat

The first carseats were more about keeping kids corralled than protecting them in a crash.
Ford Tot-Guard Seat
The Detroit automaker was among the first companies to introduce real frontal restraint: padded polyethylene shields to protect a baby’s fragile spine in a crash. Today, we turn babes backward, which is much more effective. Courtesy

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For squishy babies, cars present a fate worse than diaper rash. Securing kids during a ride took decades to perfect. But figuring out the best way to strap in wee ones is worth it: The right ­restraint can reduce the risk of death in a crash by 70 percent. Here’s how child safety seats went from precarious to secure.


DIY carseat


Bunny Bear Company carseat

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GM Love Seat


KL Jeenay Seat


Britax Marathon


Graco Backless TurboBooster


Nuna Rava Infant Convertible

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 Danger issue of Popular Science.