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RideSafer - The Wearable Car Seat

Introducing the RideSafer Travel Vest.

Standard car seats and boosters are great, but have you ever wished they weren’t so heavy or bulky or longed for the day your child could actually feel comfortable without compromising his/her safety? With the RideSafer Travel Vest, you can easily, comfortably and SAFELY fit up to three children in one row in your vehicle — even if one or two are in traditional car seats! The RideSafer Travel Vest is also ideal for car pooling and ride sharing. Perfect for small cars and sports cars. RideSafer Travel Vests don’t cause damage or excessive wear and tear to expensive car seats.

Parents of special needs children will love the RideSafer® Travel Vest. Made of soft fabric and padding, the RideSafer Travel Vest is like a hug or the weighted vest some of these children use. The RideSafer vest comes with a tether to help children with poor motor control sit in proper position and stay in place.

With RideSafer you won’t need to haul that heavy car seat through airport security or while you’re rushing through the terminal to make it to your gate on time. Lightweight and compact, the RideSafer® Travel Vest easily stows away in your luggage or even on your child’s backpack. It is simple to pull out and use SAFELY once you arrive at your destination!

Here are what all RideSafer vests offer when used with a lap/shoulder belt:

  • Keep the lap portion of the seat belt low and properly positioned on the lap/thigh and the shoulder safely positioned mid-shoulder.
  • Move with your child, keeping the seat belt in the best pre-crash position (unlike a booster seat).
  • Offer innovative energy-absorbing components, which distribute the crash forces over a wider area of the body compared to a just a vehicle seat belt crossing the body as in a booster seat.
  • Reduce head excursion and decrease possible head injury by allowing your child to sit directly on vehicle seat, which is more comfortable, too, than a hard plastic shell with a thin cushion.
  • Are lightweight and easy to pack for trips or vacations.
  • Are easy and convenient to transfer car to car.

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IS IT LEGAL?

The National Road Traffic Act states:

6. The driver of a motor vehicle operated on a public road shall ensure that a child seated on a seat of the motor vehicle—

(a)        where it is available in the motor vehicle, uses an appropriate child restraint; or

(b)        if no child restraint is available, wears the seatbelt if an unoccupied seat which is fitted with a seatbelt is available.

The RiseSafer Travel Vest is not a child seat or restraint in itself and works by ensuring that the cars safety belt is safely positioned on the child's body. The ECE-R-44 AND R129 certification is for children seats and booster seats and does not make provision for a harness or vest system. Wearing a RideSafer Travel Vest ensures that regulation 6(b) is safe for children from 3 years and up. In fact, using a RideSafer Travel Vest with a booster seat actually increases safety.

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RIDESAFER FAQ'S

All your questions about the RideSafer Travel Vest answered. If you don’t see your question, Contact Us to ask.

A booster seat elevates the child to fit the adult seat belt. The Ride Safer Travel Vest brings the seat belt down to fit the child which also optimizes the existing vehicle seat belt system to protect the child by keeping a low center of gravity and allowing the vehicle seat belt and seat cushion to manage the crash forces. The vest’s belt guides place the seat belt into the correct pre-crash position and moves with the child.

That is correct. No more belt positioning booster seat necessary. The booster has long been the only known tool for helping the adult seat belt fit the kids. Where a booster is used to lift the child to try to make the adult seat belt fit better on the child, the RideSafer is used to bring the seat belt down to the child with 3 main benefits:

  1. Crash dynamics would say the child is safer in the vehicle seat. This gives the child a lower center of mass and puts her back further from the vehicle seats in front of her.
  2. The seat belt is properly positioned on the child’s body — low on the hips/lap and mid chest mid-shoulder and moves with the child.
  3. The front panels are designed to absorb and dissipate the crash energy of the seat belt as it crosses the child’s body.

Some parents like that their child can see out the window and complained that their child couldn’t using just the RideSafer. Using RideSafer with a booster seat actually increases the safety of the booster seat.

The RideSafer is crash tested down to 3 years old and 30+ pounds, so the simple answer is “yes,” a 3-year-old can wear the vest. With that being said, if the child is primarily in a 5-point restraint that still fits them it can continue to be their primary restraint AND when they go on a play date, are riding in someone else’s car or you are traveling, the vest gives you flexibility and peace of mind that they are riding safely in an easy to install child restraint.

Yes! This mode of use is recommended way to use the vests. Using the tether in addition to the lap and shoulder belt would reduce the rear passengers’ tendency for the unrestrained shoulder to rotate toward the front seat during a crash. Using the tether also offers additional upper body support for special needs children or extra wiggly children.

When using the tether and the lap-shoulder belt, because the seat belt is doing the vast majority of the upper body restraining and not the tether, they can continue to use the single tether all the way up to the 80 pounds. The dual tether is only required when the vest is doing all the restraining in a lap-only belt situation.

No, you can leave the vest partially installed. You’ll leave the shoulder belt in the shoulder clip and the lap belt in one lap guide.

Yes, it is. All air bags (frontal or side) are supplemental safety devices and are intended to work best in combination with safety belts.

Before we go into detail I would like to mention that the primary audience for the RideSafer is a “booster age” child. There are benefits to the RideSafer, especially when you consider a backless booster which does not offer any of the side/padding protections. Some things to consider:

  • Side impacts are one of the least frequent types of car crashes statistically
  • Side impacts are also one of the most preventable types of car crashes. What I mean is that we, as the driver of our vehicle, have to put ourselves in front of an oncoming car. Almost always we can see far enough down the road to identify wether or not oncoming traffic is or is not stopping. In 18 years in the fire service I never saw a side impact occur in the middle of a block.
  • With concern to padding and support let’s look at what happens in a crash. All objects in a vehicle will move simultaneously toward the point of impact and that includes the occupants and all child restraints. I think we as parents have a vision of our child flying into a “rigid” car seat but in reality you might be surprised how far a “correctly installed” car seat moves in a crash.
  • Envision something like stalks of wheat being blown in the wind. Though they are very close to each other they are all being blown in the same direction and therefore if they do make contact it is likely a very low energy event because they are all moving the same direction reducing the odds of any kind of high energy impact with a neighboring object.
  • The vehicle itself has crash protection like side airbags that engage to offer protection for older children and adult passengers

Although it is often thought that leg injuries are extremely common, the truth is only 9% of injuries forward-facing are to the legs — and another 9% to the arms. And it’s not because the legs fly up; it’s because there is limited space between the front and back seats. So by using a high back booster or child restraint with harness we are pushing the child further forward. A benefit of the Ride Safer is that we are optimizing the seat belt, vehicle seat cushions and vehicles internal geometry to keep children low and farther back. We have NO reports of leg injuries from users that have been involved in crashes with the RideSafer®.

No. The crotch strap is not required for use as long as the child is mature enough to sit upright during the entire trip.

No. The neck pillow is optional. It is there for the comfort of the child. If you do use it it goes behind the neck.

One great thing about the vest is that it positions the seat belt to the child even when the child moves out of correct seating position in the vehicle. That being said, it would be safest if the child was sitting up correctly.

To accomplish this you can lock the seat belt. With most seat belts you do this by pulling it all the way out and letting it go back in. While it goes in you’ll hear a quiet clicking and when you pull it it won’t come back out, then you know it’s locked.

You also can use the top tether to help support the child in sitting correctly. Some children find it more comfortable to sit “criss-cross-applesauce” with the vest on.

The RideSafer works for many children with special needs. Using the tether strap along with the lap-shoulder seat belt will help keep the child properly positioned in the car. We’ve talked with parents who have used the vest with children who have needs from autism to cerebral palsy.

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