car seat


Definition of car seat 

: a portable seat for an infant or a small child that attaches to an automobile seat and holds the child safely

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The parent had come to work and left the 17-month-old boy strapped in the car seat, with the engine turned off and the windows rolled up, authorities told CBS Miami. CBS News, "Baby dead after being left in hot car in south Florida, police say," 13 July 2018 Someone had abandoned an infant's car seat in the parking lot, apparently because a baby had pooped all over it. David Frese, kansascity, "The last graduation, the last game, the last prom. Parents, are you ready for it? | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Pieces like the 1981 Rover chair by the London designer Ron Arad, built from scaffolding welded to a castoff leather car seat, were all the rage; Jean Paul Gaultier, then just starting out, bought six. New York Times, "Uptown or Downtown? In the Early ’80s, It Made All the Difference," 17 Apr. 2018 The force of the close-range gunshots was so violent that the girl was thrown from the car seat and the beads blown out of her hair. Washington Post, "Man sentenced to life for killing 2-year-old daughter and her mother over child support," 21 June 2018 Safety ratings for new and used vehicles, children’s car seats and tires. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "How to report a safety problem, look up recalls on your car," 8 June 2018 On the car seat beside me was a transparent orange folder containing all the photographs, records, certificates and other documents Puri had accumulated in the course of her search. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Another idea is to keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and move it to the front seat when a child is strapped in to serve as a visible reminder for the parent. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas removes lawsuit fear for rescuers of children, pets trapped in hot cars," 25 June 2018 The child was not strapped into the car seat and suffered significant abrasions. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "A boy fell out of a moving car. Police say the driver and child's mom kept going.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of car seat

1968, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of car seat

: a special seat for a baby or a small child that can be attached to an automobile seat and that holds the child safely

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Kids Definition of car seat

: a seat for a small child that attaches to an automobile seat and holds the child safely

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