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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Not being a parent, I'll chime in on a few things... Newer cars are safer, particularly because of airbags. But airbags aren't relevant if you are talking about a infant because they will be in a child seat in the back seat. Another poster has already indicated that a child seat fits fine. Regarding power windows and the lockout - the real danger with power windows and kids were the window switches that were on the arm rest -- the switches that the child could STEP ON while looking out the window. The W123 doesn't have power window switches that can be stepped on, so they are comparitively low-hazard. That coupled with the switch in front for me alleviates the concern.
If you are _really_ concerned about the rear window, take out the switch on the door that is by the car seat.
re: child proof locks - US cars do not have them in W123s, Euro cars do. You can switch them if you want, you need the internal lock assembly - it has nothing to do with the door handles.
In many ways, I think the back seat of a W123 is a pretty safe place to be. Certainly safer than an SUV, Pickup, tiny new car...
that's my 2 cents.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...