Although it’s generally preferable for children to ride in a conventional car seat whenever possible, the following specialized 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. 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 are crash-tested devices for children who may only ride when lying flat due to prematurity or other medical condition. Children should transition to a rear-facing car seat as soon as a doctor says they can safely ride in a semi-reclined position.
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. Most products offer additional supportive and positioning accessories, as well.
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 or full-body cast). IMPORTANT: Use the child’s casted weight when considering weight limits.
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.
Vests are systems in which the child is seated on the vehicle seat (not a plastic shell) and is restrained by webbing wrapped around the body and attached directly to vehicle anchorage points.
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 (or, in the case of Quokka, it should not be listed only as a CR for casted children).