Originally Posted by George Broderick, Jr.
October 15, 2004 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules that hearse manufacturers no longer have to install anchors for child-safety seats in their vehicles. In 1999, to prevent parents from incorrectly installing the seats using only their cars' seat belts, the agency had required all carmakers to put the standardized anchors on every passenger seat in every vehicle they built. Though it seemed rather odd, most hearse-builders complied with the rule and many thousands of their vehicles incorporated baby-seat latches on their front and back passenger seats.
They COULD just strap 'em in with government red tape...
As a parent who uses child seats with anchor straps, those anchors have saved me a lot of time and trouble trying to install seats.