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[–] GoofyGrape 1 points 45 points (+46|-1) ago 

Here are a few possible reasons:

  • I think it more likely that the kid(s) would have tagged along with mom and not be left in the car.

  • Doors and windows could be manually unlocked and children would not have been strapped down in a car seat. If they were old enough, kids could make their way out of a car if it was life threatening.

  • Families were bigger, so it is more likely that there would have been multiple siblings, thus there would be at least one kid who is old enough to figure out how to get out of a car if it got too hot.

  • Parents were more likely to leave the windows down and/or doors unlocked as people used to be more trusting.

  • Other adults passing by would have been less shy about opening a car door if they saw a child struggling in the heat.

  • Several decades ago, a family may only have one car, which would usually be for Dad driving to work. If Mom was going to go to the store with Junior, it would be later in the day after Dad got home from work, and therefore not as hot.

  • Not sure if this is the case, but I could imagine the characteristics that make the windows less likely to shatter also cause them to retain more heat.

  • As someone else posted, front and rear windows are more slanted than they used to be. Some of the really old cars also had very small rear windows.

  • If you go back enough decades, a higher proportion of cars did not have roofs.

  • Kids are fatter nowadays and are thus more prone to overheating.

  • Global warming. That one degree is apparently killing more kids in cars than it used to.

  • Kids are more likely to be, um, pigmented than in decades past. Meaning they absorb more sunlight.

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[–] GoofyGrape 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

I tried to structure the reasons going from most legit to least legit. The last few were intended to be more humorous than legit but still could be a factor I suppose.

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[–] NuclearPoweredBadger 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Or maybe it's just easier for dumb fucks to get a car and have kids?

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[–] piratse 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You forgot

  • The same shit happening today has been happening for generations. You are just getting older AND we have non stop information coming in. 40 years ago you couldn't see a video on snapchat of a kid in a car. The only way you hear about it is if it was a slow news day AND reporters were told about it.

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[–] WhiteRonin 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Thanks for the ideas but nope!

Society has become babies and pussfied ;-)

I miss riding in back of trucks and walking to school!