Originally Posted by chickabiddy
Yes, I vote for checking junkyard or salvage yard.
What kids are in the backseat now? High-backed boosters can provide adequate head protection until you get headrests.
Actually right now my 5yo is the only kid in the back, and she's still in her high-back booster. My 10yo is at least 5'5" tall now, and weighs well over 100 lbs ... and a while back she actually started complaining that it wasn't comfortable to ride in the back with no head support. Smart girl.
So she started riding in the front passenger seat, which I know she probably shouldn't do 'til age 12 -- but now that I've suddenly had my epiphany and realized it could be really bad for someone's neck to ride in the back with no head-support, I feel like she's actually safer up there since the adult shoulder belt fits her so perfectly, and we have airbags.
So for some months now, if we've all four gone somewhere as a family, I've ridden in the back with dd2. I actually don't go out a lot, especially now that I work from home part time, I'm content staying home and not going anywhere for days or weeks at a time.
The girls and I can walk to nearby parks in the neighborhood, and there is also a lot we can do on the bus. Dh has just also gotten a work-from-home job, opposite hours from me, so we no longer have a desparate need for a vehicle, though of course it makes errands like grocery shopping easier.
We just have all these years of car-payments because of the stupidity we signed on for, buying a bigger vehicle than we even needed. I was pregnant at the time (I miscarried soon after), and we were thinking about how I'd always sat in the back and nursed dds 1 and 2 in their carseats, since neither was the kind of baby who relaxed and dozed in the car, but more the screaming kind. And we knew there'd be no way I could sit in the back with three kids in a regular car.
It's bad but I keep wishing someone would steal it and render it completely undrivable (cars are always getting broken into on our block), so we can at least be freed from the payments. But of course we still lock up and use The Club on our steering wheel as we know how wrong and dishonest it would be to "invite" someone to break in.
|And trust me, that's not even close to the ditziest thing I've heard/seen.
Thanks for your kindness! And thanks to everyone for all the ideas about how I might find replacements cheaper. I suppose we could focus on just replacing one or two headrests at a time. A total of four are missing, but with our family of four there are only two in the back at any given time. And of course now that I realize the danger, I'll be the one riding in the back without a headrest, and never my 10 yo. And I'll only ride if it's absolutely necessary.
Does anyone have info about the risks of being in an accident without head support? Dh is currently still of the mind that he just did what I told him to do, and now here I am changing my mind...so I'm wanting to gradually help him realize just how risky it is, and yes I was dumb to tell him that, but just because I was wrong, it doesn't mean we have to keep on putting anyone in danger.