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Adaptive CRs for Children with Disabilities

Although it’s generally preferable for children to ride in a conventional car seat whenever possible, the following adaptive child restraints are available to meet the transportation needs of children with certain conditions. All products listed meet FMVSS 213; click “Product Summary” to learn further details, including availability in Canada. The listing is organized by type, so some models that serve multiple functions are listed twice.

This product information has been provided to Safe Ride News Publications by the manufacturers and, as needed, will be updated as directed by them.  In addition, you can click on “Manufacturer’s Website” to leave this website and visit the manufacturer’s page.

Car Beds

Car beds are crash-tested devices for children who may only ride when lying flat due to prematurity or other medical conditions. Children should transition to a rear-facing car seat as soon as a doctor says they can safely ride in a semi-reclined position.

Angel Ride
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: birth–9 lbs. (4.1kg)
Height: up to 21.5 in. (54.6 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Hope Car Bed
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 4.5–35 lbs. (2.0–15.9 kg)
Height: 13–29 in. (33.0–73.7 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Dreamride Car Bed
Safety 1st (Dorel)
Weight: 5–20 lbs. (2.3–9 kg)
Height: up to 26 in. (66 cm)
Product Summary (including use limits in Canada, which differ)
Manufacturer’s Website

Child Restraints with a High Harness Weight Limit
(child weight > 65 lbs./29.48 kgs)

These products provide the upper-body support of a five-point harness for children who need this form of restraint beyond the weight limits of a conventional car seat. Some of seats models offer anti-escape accessories to prevent children from unbuckling during a ride. These products offer additional supportive and positioning accessories, as well.

Special Tomato MPS, Small
Bergeron
Weight: 20–80 lbs. (9–36 kg)
Height: 28–52 in. (71–132 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Spirit
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 25–130 lbs. (11.34-58.97 kg)
Height: up to 66 in. (167.6 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Roosevelt
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 35–115 lbs. (15.9–52.2 kg)
Height: 33.5–62 in. (85.1–157.5cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Special Tomato MPS, Large
Bergeron
Weight: 20–130 lbs. (9–59 kg)
Height: at least 45 in. (114 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Spirit Plus
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 25–130 lbs. (11.34–58.97 kg)
Height: up to 66 in. (167.6 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Child Restraints for Casted Children

The following products accommodate certain types of casts that are incompatible with a child’s everyday car seat (for instance, a hip spica cast, arm cast, or full-body cast). IMPORTANT: Use the child’s casted weight when considering weight limits.

Hope Car Bed
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 4.5–35 lbs. (2.0–15.9 kg)
Height: 13–29 in. (33.0–73.7 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Spirit Spica
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 25–130 lbs. (11.34–58.97 kg)
Height: up to 66 in. (167.6 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Laydown Vest (2 sizes)
EZ-On
Weight: 22–106 lbs. (10-48 kg)
Height: any height
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Wallenburg
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 5–80 lbs. (2.3–36.3 kg)
Height: up to 60 in. (152.4 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

 

Boosters and Belt Positioners with Supplemental Upper-Body Support

These products add a positional/support harness for children who are large and mature enough to ride in a booster seat (in which the seat belt provides the restraint). Most products offer additional supportive and positioning accessories, as well.  (Note:  The child MUST also wear a lap-shoulder belt over the product’s harness; the harness provides positional support but is not load-bearing.)

Carrot 3 Child Restraint (booster)
Etac
Weight: 30–108 lbs. (13.6–48.98 kg)
Height: 37–60 in. (93.98–153.40 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Churchill w/ Positioning Vest or Harness
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 44–175 lbs. (20–79.4 kg)
Height: 44–72 in. (111.8-182.9 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Defender Reha (in booster mode)
Thomashilfen
Weight: 30–110 lbs. (13.6–50.0 kg)
Height: 34–57 in. (86.4–144.8 cm)
Product Summary (including use limits in Canada, which differ)
Manufacturer’s Website

Hercules Prime
Thomashilfen
Weight: 40 lbs–176.4 lbs (18.1– 80 kg)
Height: 51.1–70.9 in. (130–180 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Carrot 3 Booster Seat
Etac
Weight: 79–165 lbs. (35.83–74.84 kg)
Height: 55–69 in. (139.7–175.26 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Recaro Monza Nova 2 Reha
Thomashilfen
Weight: 33–110 lbs. (15–50 kg)
Height: 37–59 in. (94–150 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

 

Vests

Vests are webbing (and sometimes also fabric) systems that wrap around the child’s body, providing positional support. When using a vest, the child is seated on the vehicle seat (not a plastic shell) and the vest is attached to vehicle anchorage points.  Vests typically allow use at higher weight limits than conventional car seats and some provide anti-escape features to prevent children from unbuckling during a ride.  Order/use a crotch strap with a vest whenever possible to ensure the child does not slouch out of position.  (Note:  Vests used in passenger vehicles MUST also be used with a vehicle seat belt.)

MAXPV
EZ-ON
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

303Z Vest
EZ-ON
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Moore Support Vest
BESI
Weight: at least 65 lbs. (29.4 kg)
Height: any height
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Ride Safer Travel Vest—Gen 5, Large
Safe Traffic System
Weight: 50–80 lbs. (22.7–36.3 kg)
Height: 45–57 in. (114–144.8 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

403 PB Vest
EZ-On
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Ride Safer Travel Vest—Gen 5, Small
Safe Traffic System
Weight: 30–60 lbs. (15–25 kg)
Height: 34–50 in. (86.4–127 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Ride Safer Travel Vest—Gen 5, X-Large
Safe Traffic System
Weight: 80–110 lbs. (36–50 kg)
Height: 47–62 in. (119.4–157.5 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Other Child Restraints for Special Needs

These products meet specialized transportation needs for children with certain conditions, but cannot be categorized with the others listed.

Chamberlain
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 80–225 lbs. (36.3–102.1 kg)
Height: any height
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Jefferson
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 7.5–40 lbs. (3.4–18.1 kg)
Height: 19–37 in. (48.3–94.0 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website

Defender Reha (in harness mode)
Thomashilfen
Weight: 22–65 lbs. (10–29.5 kg)
Height: 27–57 in. (68.6–144.8 cm)
Product Summary
Manufacturer’s Website