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April 4, 2006

Car Seats Too Small For American Babies

This is the most disturbing piece of news I've read in a long time. American children are becoming too fat for car seats.

According to the study published in the latest Pediatrics journal, more than 282,000 overweight children under the age of seven cannot fit into most child safety or booster seats in the market and they remain improperly restrained inside the vehicles. "As the number of obese children in the United States increases, it is essential to develop child safety seats that can protect children of all sizes and shapes," says the study's author Lara Trifiletti of Ohio State University in Columbus.

Yes, car seat manufacturers will have to start building seats in larger sizes to accommodate obese babies. I really want to make a joke here, but am too disgusted with this news to think of a good one.

07:48 | America


Yes, that's right. It's the makers of the child seats that have to change. Not the parents of the grossly unhealthy and overweight children. I can understand if you actually have a kid that is big for his/her age, I know that does happen. But if your kid is too fat, don't wrang on the makers. Take a good hard look at the problem and don't just sugar-coat a 'solution' when it's not really an answer to the problem. No, I can't joke about this either, as much as I try.

Posted by: Rew at April 4, 2006 12:22 PM

They could just use wire cages for fat kids like they do for dogs.

Posted by: Ian at April 4, 2006 2:27 PM

If you sugar-coat the solution the fat babies might eat it.

Posted by: ryan at April 4, 2006 3:59 PM

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