This is a review of the Safe Traffic Systems Inc. Ride Safer 2 Travel Vest. A vest bypasses the need for a harness and is considered a niche product.
RECOMMENDED CHILD SIZE
•Small vest weight limits: 30-60 lbs.
•Small vest height limits: 34-52”
•Large vest weight limits: 50-80 lbs.
•Large vest height limits: 45-57”
•Reduces head excursion by allowing child to sit directly on vehicle seat.
•Innovative energy absorbing components & the vest design distribute crash force over wide area of the body and decrease HIC (Head Injury Criteria).
•Deformable multi-layered clip for Top Tether System & Shoulder Belt Positioner
•Foam, energy absorbing lamination
•Top tether and proper shoulder positioning provide improved upper body restraint.
•Reflective trim for low light conditions.
•Positions vehicle seat belts on child so it moves with the child, maintaining proper belt positioning.
•Adjustable to fit growing children. Sized to fit until children fit adult vehicle seat belts.
•PORTABILITY: Child can continue to wear it outside of the car, or parent can easily carry it with them.
•COMFORT: Made of soft fabric and padding, instead of hard plastics Adjustable head pillow.
•Astronaut/race car driver appearance.
NOT certified for aircraft travel.
MSRP (US) $119.00 small, $129.00 large
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NHTSA 4-star Overall Ease-of-Use Rating: Not available at this time
CarseatBlog's Professional Review: Not available at this time
TheCarseatMom's Quick Review:
The Ride Safer 2 Travel Vest has long been a favorite among parents who have tight backseats or who travel frequently. Since there’s no plastic frame, it allows children to fit in narrow spaces and is lightweight. It’s also a great product for situations where only a lap belt is available for older children. This vest is designed for children ages 3 . Use is straightforward but requires parental guidance since the vest must be installed each ride. The child puts the vest on and it’s adjusted to fit snugly. The parent then “installs” the vest using the vehicle seat belt and clips provided on the vest. If the vest is used in a seating position where a lap-only belt is available, the top tether must be used.
For the large size vest, the top tether must be used whenever a lap-only belt is used. For children weighing more than 60 lbs., a lap/shoulder belt must be used and/or a higher weight tether must be obtained from the manufacturer.
A new version of the Travel Vest, the Ride Safer 3 Travel Vest, is available now for use with lap/shoulder seat belts only.