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2022-01-14 9:16:27 AM  
Car trunks are no worse than pickup truck and station wagon beds.

One should not carry people in trunks as they're not secured during vehicle accidents. But, that factor isn't taken for granted under the laws currently.
 
2022-01-14 9:18:14 AM  
Let's be honest. The idea was idiotic, and irresponsible, but the charges always sounded like overkill. It just sounds like a bad idea a parent comes up with in the heat of the moment to solve the problem, without considering the ramifications.
 
2022-01-14 9:22:56 AM  
Damn-near every parent on a road-trip has considered this.
 
2022-01-14 9:23:05 AM  
Or, you COULD JUST WEAR A MASK! My god, I know you don't want to believe it's a real virus, but if you're going for testing, you're already halfway there. Just put a mask on for the 10 minute drive.
 
2022-01-14 9:23:09 AM  
Luggage racks still okay too?
 
2022-01-14 9:24:54 AM  
There are six members of the SCROTUS who will gladly side with COVID as soon as Texas determines it was an pregnant woman who put the child in the trunk.
 
2022-01-14 9:25:22 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: Luggage racks still okay too?


If they're in a doggy carrier, yes, Mittens.  But you gotta stop at some point and wash out the carrier.
 
2022-01-14 9:27:10 AM  

Somaticasual: Let's be honest. The idea was idiotic, and irresponsible, but the charges always sounded like overkill. It just sounds like a bad idea a parent comes up with in the heat of the moment to solve the problem, without considering the ramifications.


Well, you should consider the ramifications before you carry a kid in the trunk.
 
2022-01-14 9:27:45 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: Luggage racks still okay too?


Clark is that you?
 
2022-01-14 9:29:09 AM  
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2022-01-14 9:29:12 AM  

AirForceVet: Car trunks are no worse better than pickup truck and station wagon beds.

One should not carry people in trunks as they're not secured during vehicle accidents. But, that factor isn't taken for granted under the laws currently.


Fixed for the proper word that was needed.  TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.
 
2022-01-14 9:31:12 AM  

IDisposable: Somaticasual: Let's be honest. The idea was idiotic, and irresponsible, but the charges always sounded like overkill. It just sounds like a bad idea a parent comes up with in the heat of the moment to solve the problem, without considering the ramifications.

Well, you should consider the ramifications before you carry a kid in the trunk.


Now, Think about that decision from the viewpoint of a stressed-out parent, a teacher nonetheless, facing a panic about a kiddo that may have covid. Is your viewpoint the same as a well-rested, level-headed version of yourself?

Again, 100% agreed that it's a bad decision. It's just easier to understand making the mistake in her circumstances.
 
2022-01-14 9:34:09 AM  
The kid was 13. It's not like she chucked a toddler in the trunk and forgot... all... about...

Gotta go.
 
2022-01-14 9:35:35 AM  
If it is good enough for a Trunk Monkey it is good enough for a toddler of terror
 
2022-01-14 9:38:25 AM  
I remember my grandpa used to put us in the trunk so he would not have to pay full price at the drive-in.
 
2022-01-14 9:40:06 AM  
It was a lot more convenient until they mandated those "trunk release lever" things.

Damn big government overreach.
 
2022-01-14 9:41:25 AM  

pacmanner: I remember my grandpa used to put us in the trunk so he would not have to pay full price at the drive-in.


I was actually excited to do that as a kid.

One of the rare times I had parental consent to break the law.
 
2022-01-14 9:41:55 AM  
Elder abuse laws to be under review in 30-40 years
 
2022-01-14 9:45:59 AM  
I've ridden in a car trunk with another person with no Ill effect.  It was the 70's, I think the car was a delta 88. Could've fit a 3rd person.   Rode in the trunk so we weren't charged admission at the drive-in movie.
 
2022-01-14 9:47:12 AM  

thehellisthis: Elder abuse laws to be under review in 30-40 years


Texas governor official current position:

"Better a dead grandpa or grandma than have a bar owner suffer during a plague."
 
2022-01-14 9:49:12 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended


Exactly. Trunks are crumple zones.
 
2022-01-14 9:49:23 AM  
People are so sensitive these days.  Mom used to always make us ride back here
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But only with the seats down so she didn't have to hear us
 
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2022-01-14 9:50:06 AM  
They still make cars with a trunk?
 
2022-01-14 9:51:24 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: AirForceVet: Car trunks are no worse better than pickup truck and station wagon beds.

One should not carry people in trunks as they're not secured during vehicle accidents. But, that factor isn't taken for granted under the laws currently.

Fixed for the proper word that was needed.  TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.


Or, what if there was a nuclear war? What then? Won't somebody please think of the children?
 
2022-01-14 9:56:03 AM  

lizaardvark: Chief Superintendent Lookout: AirForceVet: Car trunks are no worse better than pickup truck and station wagon beds.

One should not carry people in trunks as they're not secured during vehicle accidents. But, that factor isn't taken for granted under the laws currently.

Fixed for the proper word that was needed.  TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.

Or, what if there was a nuclear war? What then? Won't somebody please think of the children?


More comfortable to be a ghoul kid in a car trunk or a refrigerator?

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2022-01-14 9:58:01 AM  
Looks at pic...

Unsurprising.
 
2022-01-14 9:58:57 AM  
I spent most of my childhood riding around in the back of one pickup or another.

A trunks gotta be safer than that.

THis is one of those things that sounds way worse than it is.
 
2022-01-14 10:07:27 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: AirForceVet: Car trunks are no worse better than pickup truck and station wagon beds.

One should not carry people in trunks as they're not secured during vehicle accidents. But, that factor isn't taken for granted under the laws currently.

Fixed for the proper word that was needed.  TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.


This is absolutely correct. Open cargo beds are not ideal for humans, but closed cargo areas, such as trunks are much worse.

With a pickup you have multiple options for injury/death. Ejection leading to collision with other objects. The vehicle rolling over and crushing you, etc.

Car trunks are worse because there is a crush zone of about 11" that fuel cells must be contained within in order to prevent rupturing. A human is within that crush zone and subject to death. At least with a truck bed you have possibility of being ejected away from the collision. That's more if a fighting chance than a trunk lid and rear seat reinforcement that keeps you tidily in place while the steel of the crumple zone around you transforms into a compacting meat grinder.
 
2022-01-14 10:08:06 AM  

dothemath: I spent most of my childhood riding around in the back of one pickup or another.

A trunks gotta be safer than that.

THis is one of those things that sounds way worse than it is.


As an 80s kid, I think that was quasi-legal at the time.  My dad was a landscaper, so his passenger seat was filled with leaf blowers, chainsaw, etc... So I got tossed in the truck bed, but he would tell me to keep my head down to not be seen.

/My god, how did I make it to 40.
 
2022-01-14 10:15:52 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.


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2022-01-14 10:18:26 AM  

Mister Buttons: As an 80s kid, I think that was quasi-legal at the time.  My dad was a landscaper, so his passenger seat was filled with leaf blowers, chainsaw, etc... So I got tossed in the truck bed, but he would tell me to keep my head down to not be seen.


Nobody ever even told me to hide, I think it was legal.
But I grew up in far West Texas so some laws were more like suggestions.
 
2022-01-14 10:23:55 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: Madman drummers bummers: Luggage racks still okay too?

If they're in a doggy carrier, yes, Mittens.  But you gotta stop at some point and wash out the carrier.


Or just run through a car wash......carrier and kids clean as a whistle and blown dry in one shot
 
2022-01-14 10:23:56 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: Luggage racks still okay too?


Only if you use cargo straps to hold the kids down
 
2022-01-14 10:24:31 AM  
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2022-01-14 10:26:22 AM  

mrmopar5287: Chief Superintendent Lookout: TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.

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In the late 70s my uncle had one of these, I managed to score a ride a couple of times.
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2022-01-14 10:33:08 AM  

RobotSpider: Or, you COULD JUST WEAR A MASK! My god, I know you don't want to believe it's a real virus, but if you're going for testing, you're already halfway there. Just put a mask on for the 10 minute drive.


And open the windows ventilation

This is winter in Texas, not Minnesota
 
2022-01-14 10:37:26 AM  
I get that if its live children.
 
2022-01-14 10:38:12 AM  

CurmudgeonInDevelopment: I get that if its live children.


I get that for other than live children
(FTFM)
 
2022-01-14 10:40:37 AM  

Boojum2k: In the late 70s my uncle had one of these, I managed to score a ride a couple of times.
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Most people who own one today have to sign an affidavit with their insurance company promising that no passenger will ever ride in the seats in the bed.
 
2022-01-14 10:41:15 AM  
<Chris Rock's voice>
I'm not sayin' it's right, but I understand.
<\Chris Rock's voice>
 
2022-01-14 10:44:48 AM  

mrmopar5287: Boojum2k: In the late 70s my uncle had one of these, I managed to score a ride a couple of times.
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Most people who own one today have to sign an affidavit with their insurance company promising that no passenger will ever ride in the seats in the bed.


I kinda enjoyed being the fluffy headed dark ginger waving at everyone behind us and. . .

Oh damn, I was a bumper Garfield, wasn't I?
 
2022-01-14 10:45:10 AM  
CSS: My dad was crazy obsessed with making sure the dog had an open window in the car. While we were driving over the mountain pass when I was about 9 years old, it was literally snowing and I complained I was too cold and could we PLEASE roll up the window. My dad got pissed, pulled the car over to the side of the road, and forced me to get in the trunk. I was not really warmer but he could hear me whine less.
 
2022-01-14 10:45:55 AM  
my mother drove a bunch of us to my buddys house across town once. there were so many of us we put the seats down and jumped in the trunk. no big deal no one cared and no one thought anything of it mid 80s

old school saab. my mom was just glad to get a bunch of teenagers out of her house

this was probably before mandated child seats and kids having to ride in back seats and all the other stuff though
 
2022-01-14 10:49:21 AM  

MythDragon: People are so sensitive these days.  Mom used to always make us ride back here
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But only with the seats down so she didn't have to hear us


We had one of those GM station wagons, but not with those back seats.  As a little kid I always wanted one with them.
 
2022-01-14 10:51:05 AM  
Duct tape and restraining belts. A parents best friends.
 
2022-01-14 10:51:45 AM  

Boojum2k: lizaardvark: Chief Superintendent Lookout: AirForceVet: Car trunks are no worse better than pickup truck and station wagon beds.

One should not carry people in trunks as they're not secured during vehicle accidents. But, that factor isn't taken for granted under the laws currently.

Fixed for the proper word that was needed.  TFA doesn't specify what kind of car she was driving, but let's consider what could have happened had the vehicle been rear-ended in a collision.

Or, what if there was a nuclear war? What then? Won't somebody please think of the children?

More comfortable to be a ghoul kid in a car trunk or a refrigerator?

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Now, you know that side quest was a direct reference to this:

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2022-01-14 11:00:18 AM  

MythDragon: People are so sensitive these days.  Mom used to always make us ride back here
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But only with the seats down so she didn't have to hear us


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2022-01-14 11:04:44 AM  
I would think exhaust fumes could be an issue.
 
2022-01-14 11:23:58 AM  
Safety aside, the trunk is not sealed from the rest of the car. She had just as much exposure as if he'd sat in the back seat.

/Or, you know, just wear masks.
 
2022-01-14 11:35:13 AM  
Ahem... Pretty sure I didn't get enough 'smarts' in the original article..

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/I'm the a-hole for quoting myself
 
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