seatbelts in parades

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Bihari, James

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<table>Am hoping to come to Celina with my girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter, Gia. We were going to drive the Amphicar and another vehicle. For the Friday night splash-in and the Saturday parade, what do you
do about seatbelts and kids? I put two lap belts in the the front, but don't have seatbelts in the back.
Was thinking of driving two vehicles over to the starting point, then putting a car seat in the front passenger
seat for Gia, while my girlfriend rode in the back seat. When we get near the lake, we remove
the car seat (maybe it would fit in the trunk if I remove the spare tire?) and have my girlfrind sit up front
and either holdGia or have Gia ride in back while we are on the lake. Do something similar for the parade,
pulling out the car seat for the ride after the parade. What do you guys with kids do and what is legal?
I don't think the back seat is really safefor street driving for kids either with or without seatbelts. I was thinking of adding one seatbelt to the back using the large bolts that hold either side of the transmission
(I got the aftermarket longer bolts) but I was worried about the belts getting wrapped around the spinning
shafts for the propellers. Also thought of putting a piece of angle iron between these two bolts to allow
for 2 sets of seatbelts in the back, but didn't, due to the same concerns.
 
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a_colo_native

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--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Bihari, James" <jbihari@...> wrote:
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> Am hoping to come to Celina with my girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter,
> Gia. We were going to drive the Amphicar and another vehicle. For the
> Friday night splash-in and the Saturday parade, what do you
> do about seatbelts and kids? I put two lap belts in the the front, but don't
> have seatbelts in the back.


Jim -


Look here to how David Chapman in the UK did it.


Never use your belts while in the water! You don't want to be trapped if she's going down.


John Bhttp://www.amphicars.com/actbelts.htm
 
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David Chapman

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<font face="Arial" size="2">Jim, </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Lots of solutions to this, my boys are 10 and 8 now but here is how I fitted belts when they were younger:</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">http://www.amphicars.com/actbelts.htm</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Over here the newest child seats have an Isofix mounting (sort of bracket at the bottom) which couldbe adapted for Amphicar but I've noticed child seats are different around the world (why is that - children are all the same!) anyway don't know if you could "hard wire"a US style car seat. </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Can't help with the parade, I've never seen anything anywhere else in the world that is anything like the Celina parade !</font>
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Mike Israel

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<table><div style="font-family:times new roman, new york, times, serif;font-size:12pt"><div style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif"><span style="COLOR: white"><span style="COLOR: white"><font color="#000000">Amphi is really not a very safe place for kids when on public roads. I will take my older son to the boat ramp a mile from my house but not much further. My younger daughter and longer trips call for either using the trailer or for kids to be with my wife in the van behind me. Like most older cars, Amphi was simply not built with the safety features we take for granted. Child car seats are designed for three point safety belts, not lap belts.</font></span></span>
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<div style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif"><span style="COLOR: white"><span style="COLOR: white"><font color="#000000">For swimming adventures it is a complete different story. As others have noted, you should NEVER wear seat belts in the water. (Unless a sudden change in weather demands it, even having the top up makes Amphi more dangerous in the water. When that DUKW went down a couple years back, many passengers got trapped underthe awning).</font></span></span>
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<div style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif"><span style="COLOR: white"><span style="COLOR: white"><font color="#000000">I personally would be OK having the kids in the Amphi during the Celina parade, even without seatbelts. The main reason for this is that the parade pretty much plods along at a the pace of a brisk walk. </font></span></span>
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<div style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif"><span style="COLOR: white"><span style="COLOR: white"><font color="#000000">Just my .02 cents.</font></span></span>
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<div style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif"><span style="COLOR: white"><span style="COLOR: white"><font color="#000000">Mike</font></span></span>
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