>Tips for Taxis & Travel: Car Seats, Boosters & Vests that are SAFE & CONVENIENT
- Keep kids rear-facing as long as possible – it’s 5 times safer than forward-facing – even for 3-year-olds!
- Keep kids in a 5-point harness car seat as long as possible
- Use a booster until the child passes the 5-step test
- Let anyone ride UNrestrained. A seat belt is ALWAYS better than nothing.
- Buckle two people in one belt. Things in a crash weigh their weight times the speed of a crash. An adult will weigh several thousand pounds, crushing a child sitting on their lap or carried on their chest.
- Put the shoulder belt behind the child’s back or under the arm.This removes all head & chest protection
- Forget your own seat belt. Restrained passengers are 4 times more likely to die if one person in the car is not restrained, as the unrestrained person becomes a human missile.
INFANT SEATS (with weight limits of 30-35 pounds)
All will fit onto at least one stroller, with the Graco/Teutonia & Chicco fitting onto the widest variety of strollers. Please see this car seat/stroller compatibility chart for details on strollers for the Britax/Graco/Chicco/Peg Perego seats.
FORWARD-FACING ONLY SEAT
- Safety 1st Go Hybrid (formerly the Safeguard Go)
- 5-point harness for kids up to 60 lbs (booster to 100 lbs)
- Needs the top tether (when using 5-point harness)
- Lightweight (9 lbs) & comes in a travel bag.
CONVERTIBLE SEATS (see above rear-facing section, as these seats go both rear & forward facing)
BOOSTER SEAT & VEST OPTIONS
4-8 year olds are 59% safer in boosters than with just a seat belt. Boosters keep the seat belt on the strongest parts of the body (hip bones and collar bone) – and best of all require no installation. Here are a few backless boosters & one vest that all weigh less than 5 pounds (making them easy to take in a taxi).
- Safe Traffic System Ride Safer Travel Vest (1.4 lbs)
- This vest functions like a booster seat to keep the vehicle’s seat belt properly positioned on the child’s body & is so compact it will fit in a small purse