Child’s car safety seat ‘Tot Guard’, United States, 1974-1975

Made:
c.1974-1975 in United States
maker:
Ford

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Tot Guard, childs car safety seat, the first example of the impact shield type of restraint and the first popular
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tot Guard, childs car safety seat, the first example of the impact shield type of restraint and the first popular
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

‘Tot Guard’, child’s car safety seat, the first example of the ‘impact shield’ type of restraint and the first popular safety seat produced by Ford USA in 1967, this example c.1974-1975.

This is the earliest ‘impact shield’ type of car restraint seat for children. It was also the first popular safety seat produced by Ford USA, in 1967. This example dates from the early 1970s and bulky and looks uncomfortable by today’s standards. The moulded seat has no padding and the child’s view was obstructed by the leatherette of the impact shield. In time, the ‘Tot Guard’ was superseded by safer models as technology improved.

It was donated to the Science Museum by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). The TRL is responsible for ‘dynamic testing’ (via simulated crashes). These are required for setting up standards and regulations covering car safety seats in the UK.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
2005-86
Materials:
leatherette, plastic
type:
child's car seat
credit:
TRL (Transport Research Laboratory)

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