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Listing of Child Restraints for Special Needs

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 “More Info” 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.

Car Beds

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.

Angel Ride
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: birth–9 lbs. (4.1kg)
Height: up to 21.5 in. (54.6 cm)
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Hope Car Bed
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 4.5–35 lbs. (2.0–15.9 kg)
Height: 13–29 in. (33.0–73.7 cm)
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Dream Ride LATCH
Safety 1st (Dorel)
Weight: 5–20 lbs. (2.3–9 kg)
Height: up to 26 in. (66 cm)
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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.

IPS 2000
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 20–102 lbs. (9.07–46.27 kg)
Height: up to 60 in. (152.4 cm)
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Special Tomato MPS, Small
Bergeron
Weight: 20–80 lbs. (9–36 kg)
Height: 28–52 in. (71–152 cm)
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Spirit
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 25–130 lbs. (11.34-58.97 kg)
Height: up to 66 in. (167.6 cm)
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Wallaroo
Etac
Weight: 22–106 lbs. (9.9–48 kg)
Height: up to 56 in. (142.24 cm)
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Roosevelt
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 35–115 lbs. (15.9–52.2 kg)
Height: 33.5–62 in. (85.1–157.5cm)
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Special Tomato MPS, Large
Bergeron
Weight: 20–130 lbs. (9–59 kg)
Height: at least 45 in. (114 cm)
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Spirit Plus
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 25–130 lbs. (11.34–58.97 kg)
Height: up to 66 in. (167.6 cm)
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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.

Hope Car Bed
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 4.5–35 lbs. (2.0–15.9 kg)
Height: 13–29 in. (33.0–73.7 cm)
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Quokka (accessory available for spica casts)
Etac
Weight: 5–39.6 lbs. (2.27–17.96 kg)
Height: up to 41 in. (106.68 cm)
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Vest (variety of styles)
EZ-On
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
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Wallenburg
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 5–80 lbs. (2.3–36.3 kg)
Height: up to 60 in. (152.4 cm)
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Modified Laydown Vest (2 sizes)
EZ-On
Weight: 22–106 lbs. (10-48 kg)
Height: any height
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Spirit Spica
Inspired by Drive
Weight: 25–130 lbs. (11.34–58.97 kg)
Height: up to 66 in. (167.6 cm)
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Wallaroo (if used with accessory)
Etac
Weight: 22–106 lbs. (9.9-48 kg)
Height: up to 56 in. (142.24 cm)
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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.

Carrot 3 Child Restraint
Etac
Weight: 30–108 lbs. (13.6–48.98 kg)
Height: 37–60 in. (93.98–153.40 cm)
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Chamberlain
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 80–225 lbs. (36.3–102.1 kg)
Height: any height
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Defender Reha (in booster mode)
Thomashilfen
Weight: 30–110 lbs. (13.6–50.0 kg)
Height: 34–57 in. (86.4–144.8 cm)
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Soft Touch Booster Car Seat, Small
Bergeron
Weight: 51–90 lbs. (32–41 kg)
Height: 40–56 in. (102–142 cm)
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Carrot 3 Booster Seat
Etac
Weight: 79–165 lbs. (35.83–74.84 kg)
Height: 55–69 in. (139.7–175.26 cm)
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Churchill
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 40–175 lbs. (18.1–79.4 kg)
Height: 48–72 in. (121.9-182.9 cm)
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Recaro Monza Nova 2 Reha
Thomashilfen
Weight: 33–110 lbs. (15–50 kg)
Height: 37–59 in. (94–150 cm)
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Soft Touch Booster Car Seat, Large
Bergeron
Weight: 81–130 lbs. (37–59 kg)
Height: 50–65 in. (127–165 cm)
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Vests

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.

103Z Vest
EZ-ON
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
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303Z Vest
EZ-ON
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
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Moore Support Vest
BESI
Weight: at least 65 lbs. (29.4 kg)
Height: any height
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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)
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203 PB Vest
EZ-On
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
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403 PB Vest
EZ-On
Weight: 31–168 lbs. (14.1-76.2 kg)
Height: any height
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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)
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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)
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Other Child Restraints

These products meet specialized transportation needs for children with certain conditions, but cannot be categorized with the others listed. (In the case of Quokka, it should not be listed only under CRs for casted children.)

Defender Reha (in harness mode)
Thomashilfen
Weight: 22–65 lbs. (10–29.5 kg)
Height: 27–57 in. (68.6–144.8 cm)
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Quokka
Etac
Weight: 5-39.6 lbs. (2.7–17.96 kg)
Height: up to 41 in. (106.68 cm)
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Jefferson
Merritt Manufacturing
Weight: 7.5–40 lbs. (3.4–18.1 kg)
Height: 19–37 in. (48.3–94.0 cm)
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