• Apr 17, 2011
Ottawa police were conducting roadside seatbelt checks as part of the Spring Seatbelt Campaign, when one of their stops brought an unexpected surprise. A green Chevrolet minivan's driver got into some trouble thanks to the aftermarket passenger seat he installed. This was no Sparco or Recaro, mind you - the driver went with something more akin to a La-Z-Boy.

You see, an armchair resided where the passenger seat was once bolted down. An unrestrained armchair with a thought-deficient passenger riding shotgun. The 33-year-old driver was cited for operating an unsafe vehicle, and he was also charged with driving on a suspended license. The cops scored a two-for-one, and the passenger was lucky he didn't have to pick windshield out of his face.

[Source: CBC.ca | Image: Ontario Provincial Police]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Still better than that Jaguar with the plaid Alcantara upholstery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh Well, there goes another one of Stephen Harper's campaign workers!
      • 3 Years Ago
      We have all heard of Recaro, now to introduce ReclineO.
      I had to laugh at this picture when I noticed the imitation wood handle used to recline the chair and raise the foot rest on the right side of the chair. Too funny.
      Hey, maybe the chair is a special "mother in law chair".
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha, silly canadians!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, it's stupid to have an armchair for a seat.

      And, this goes to show that poor people can't get ahead in life. I bet this was one huge compromise for the owner of the vehicle. He probably didn't think it was a good idea either; he'd like to have a new car too, but he's broke so he has an old beater that needed a new seat, and this was what he could do given his resources. He's so broke that he couldn't afford to renew his license or pay old, past-due tickets. Now he's definitely behind in life because they took his only mode of transportation, and he'll have huge impound fees that will go to collections. He'll never pay the impound fee--the car's not worth it. He's going to have to eventually scrape together enough cash to buy a different beater.

      All of this could have been avoided if he only made an additional $200 to $500 a month. We all live on thin margins.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, because they couldn't have just ridden in the back...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I dunno dude, seats at a junkyard are like 25 bucks. Could've sold that armchair for that much and headed to a bone yard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      recaro or sparco need to make one of these, with the bolt downs and what not to make it legal. Make a great addition to like a lexus or some boringmobile.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea because the ISF or LFA should def have this option. . . .

        (sarcasm)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Leave it to miketim to get worked up over a joke about Lexuses...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Still better than that Jaguar with the plaid Alcantara upholstery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just another example of big government trying to tell people not to be stupid.
        • 3 Years Ago

        Some people clearly need to be told.

      Narf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better or worse passenger seat than the one I submitted to J a few years ago? http://jalopnik.com/#!399929/looking-to-minimize-stops-on-long-road-trips
      • 3 Years Ago
      Possibly the dumbest and yet the most comfortable ideas ever thought of.
      If you could safely pull this off, you would have one of the most comfortable cars ever.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure it wasn't a wingback?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Pier 1 Imports does free installation upon purchase...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The guy is stupid. It would have been much easier and far cooler to just throw a beanbag in there with a bungee cord over the top as a seatbelt. And a bearskin rug for a floormat.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I once travelled 1000 miles sitting in a bean bag chair in the back of a cargo van. . .
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like a prime candidate for thereifixedit.com
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