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No doubt a lot of parents could have been arrested in the 1950s and 1960s for letting their children ride in the back of their two-seater Corvettes.
I remember one person writing on one of the forums about bolting a car seat in the back of his C2 Corvette to allow his kids to enjoy the car back in the day. I’m sure others didn’t go that far and just let their kids ride in the big area behind the seats in their 1963-67 Sting Rays.
Nowadays, though, some people might not consider that to be the safest way to carry children in a Corvette.
For example, take a look at this case that just hit the news recently. Parents Frederick and Sheri Holton of Brookfield, Conn., were arrested on Sept. 8 after police found their children, ages 7 and 8, riding in the back of their 1982 Corvette.
As you well know, the ’82 has a large window over the area behind the seats, big enough to carry two kids comfortably. Legally, though, the Corvette remains a two-seater.
Mr. Horton, 43, now faces charges of risk of injury and operating a vehicle with a suspended license, as well as operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle. Mrs. Horton, 42, was charged with reckless endangerment.
The two were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
This is one of those cases sure to stir debate among enthusiasts. Nine times out of 10, nothing would ever happen to these children riding in the back of a Corvette. When I was a child, for example, I didn’t use a seatbelt for the first seven years of my life because our cars didn’t have them! It was only in 1966 when my daddy bought a brand new Impala that I was exposed to those “newfangled” fancy seatbelts. I still remember trying to adjust them just outside the dealership.
But there’s always that 10th time that parents have to worry about. I’ve often wished that Corvettes had room for three passengers so two of my kids could ride at the same time, but their safety isn’t worth taking the risk.
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