While waiting for a friend to untangle the seatbelt she had managed to snag in the door (don’t ask me how), I thought about the family car of my childhood. The 1961 Buick LeSabre was not originally equipped with seatbelts nor any visibly apparent
safety accessories. Dad installed a pair of old aviation grade seatbelts for the front seat passenger and driver. There were none in the back, so my siblings and I often stood on the floor during long highway trips. Nor was that Buick designed with pedestrian safety in mind, either. For some reason, it had a pointy projection “design enhancement” on each front fender and two on the front bumper.
Thankfully, that car was never involved in a traffic mishap. No pedestrians were harmed and nobody was thrown through the windshield. I shudder to think…
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