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KF5JRV > TODAY    15.10.18 13:30l 30 Lines 1617 Bytes #5 (0) @ WW
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Subj: Today in History - Oct 15
Sent: 181015/1118Z 23122@KF5JRV.#NWAR.AR.USA.NA BPQ6.0.16

On this day in 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
rules that hearse manufacturers no longer have to install anchors for
child-safety seats in their vehicles. In 1999, to prevent parents from
incorrectly installing the seats using only their cars’ seat belts, the
agency had required all carmakers to put the standardized anchors on
every passenger seat in every vehicle they built. Though it seemed
rather odd, most hearse-builders complied with the rule and many
thousands of their vehicles incorporated baby-seat latches on their
front and back passenger seats.

However, the year after the agency issued the rule, one of the largest
“funeral coachö manufacturers in the United States petitioned for an
exemption. “Since a funeral coach is a single-purpose vehicle,
transporting body and casket,ö the petition said, “children do not ride
in the front seat.ö In fact, typically that seat is empty—after all,
most people do try to avoid riding in hearses. On October 15, the agency
agreed: All funeral coaches (now officially defined as “a vehicle that
contains only one row of occupant seats, is designed exclusively for
transporting a body and casket and that is equipped with features to
secure a casket in place during the operation of the vehicleö) were
permanently exempt from all child-safety provisions. According to this
formulation, those rare hearses that do have rear seats are not
technically funeral coaches; therefore; they are subject to the same
child-restraint rules as every other carmaker.

73 de Scott KF5JRV


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