Travel Safety for Your Special Needs with Pediatric Car Seats

There is no more precious cargo we can transport than our children. As parents, it is our job to make sure we do everything in our power to make sure they are safe. This includes any type of special needs our child may require and that includes in the car. Matching the proper car seat to our children means that they will be properly secured and safe during any trip in the car. So how do we determine which car seat is proper for our precious cargo?

Travel Safety for Your Special Needs with Pediatric Car Seats

Finding Your Perfect Fit For Car Seat

The key to keeping your child safe in the car is making sure that the car seat they are in fits and supports them properly. This is made exponentially more important when our children may have a handicap or other special needs. Pediatric special-needs car seats may look like ordinary pediatric car seats, but they provide extra protection for our special loved ones. Each state has their own specific set of laws governing pediatric car seats, so be sure to check your states laws for height and weight requirements. Each and every pediatric car seat needs to be anchored properly to your vehicle. This may be achieved by using your existing seatbelts or through the latch system in your vehicle. These anchor points are usually located where the rear seat back meets the seat cushion. Always check your vehicle’s owner manual to determine the proper location of these anchors. Depending on your child’s age and height/weight you may need a specific type of kid’s car seat that may include:

Travel Safety for Your Special Needs with Pediatric Car Seats

  • Rear facing
  • Forward facing
  • Booster
  • Seatbelt

Available Options For Pediatric Car Seats

Understanding how to properly fit your precious cargo (children) to the correct car seat is only the first step in choosing the proper pediatric car seat. Whether your need is for a rear facing car seat or a car seat with head support, there are a plethora of options available and they include:

Special Tomato Large MPS Car Seat

Designed for customizable safety, this pediatric car seat provides proper alignment of each child’s pelvis and is soft and lightweight. The 30° of hip flex adjustment keeps your child aligned perfectly and has a weight capacity of 150 pounds, while being FAA approved for airline travel. No need for a second pediatric car seat for the family trip!! Optional cushions offer a variety of fits for users six years old to young adults.

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Special Tomato Large MPS Car Seat

Thomashitfen RECARO Monza Nova 2 Reha Adaptive Booster-Type Car Seat

Designed to be installed with your cars three point seatbelt, this pediatric car seat is lightweight and tested to stringent safety standards. Ventilated foam allows for comfortable seating and the passive RECARO air circulation system maximizes any airflow. This pediatric car seat provides extra side impact protection as well as lateral trunk and side supports. This seat is perfect for children suffering from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other physical handicaps. This is a Class II or III seat for children with a weight range of 33-110 pounds with a height limit of 59 inches or less. With additional options available, customize this kid’s car seat to your traveling treasure!!

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                 Thomashilfen RECARO Monza Nova 2 Reha Adaptive Booster-Type Car Seat

Columbia 2400 Spirit Adjustable Positioning System Car Seat

The Adjustable Positioning System (APS) of this special-needs car seat gives parents peace of mind that their child is safe and sound. This pediatric car seat is designed with a water resistant cover for incontinence control and has a wide range of positioning options for every individual’s needs. This is no one-size-fits-all pediatric car seat. The low profile sides allow for simple and easy transfers and are ideal for those who may need more intricate seating and positioning options. This pediatric car seat is equipped with a buckle guard to prevent children from releasing the five point harness and a bolt in hardware kit to secure the seat to your vehicle. Safe and easy!!

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Columbia 2400 Spirit Adjustable Positioning System Car Seat
 

Our children are our most precious cargo and protecting them, including in the car, is job number one of every parent. Pediatric car seats are not necessarily a one-size-fits-all proposition (especially for those with special needs children). Knowing the proper specifications and installation procedures are imperative for safety. If necessary, you should check with your local police department or Red Cross since many offer free checks for proper installation of kid’s car seats.

 

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