Just a small addendum to the post on the tragic loss of a three-year-old in upstate New York. In that one I made the frequently-made point that different Amish do things differently, and also that some ways of being Amish are more dangerous on the whole than others. Following that post, Jim Halverson has sent in some photos of an Amish vehicle with child safety seats, which he photographed in northern Indiana.
I haven’t really paid a lot of attention to it before, so I’m not sure how common child safety seats are, though I suspect they are probably fairly common at least among the more progressive folks. Friends of mine in Lancaster County, for example, do have child safety seats and always bring them along when we are driving somewhere with the little ones. I have to say I’m not sure if they use them in the buggy, nor how well they can be secured in a buggy for that matter. In these photos, it looks like a bungee cord is holding at least one of these in place.
Also of interest is the vehicle here. I’m not sure of the name of this particular design, though I’ve been seeing these here and there. It looks rather modern with the metal grate body and the plastic screen. The plastic mini-front seems to be a thing in this community for this type of open vehicle. Here’s another photo of one by Jim, of someone returning from a grocery trip:
Thanks to Jim for the photos.