Originally Posted by Ironica
Do you want to go there? The "How much is X worth?" argument? On a child safety issue?
Because yeah, the chances of a carseat saving your child's life on an airplane are really, really small. They are nonzero, however... so you can end up asking yourself whether that $1000 would have kept your child alive. There are people who live with that question every day of their lives.
I'm perfectly happy to go there.
I do think that there's a cap on how much people are willing to pay to keep their children safe.
It could probably be argued that it would be MUCH safer to hire a professional driver with extensive driver's training and experience to chauffeur my child around. It's been proven that professional drivers are safer than amateurs (see stats on bus drivers, and big rig drivers - please note that taxi drivers don't in general have higher levels of training). But I haven't heard it argued that we should all pay for professionals to drive us around.
Also - some cars are much safer than other cars. There are cars out there with 2 and 3 star crash test ratings. Then there are 100K cars which are build like tanks with excellent handling and accident avoidance.
It's perfectly fine to make a choice that for your family - it's not worth buying a 100K car.
We put a price on our children's lives all the time. Why should this be any different?