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What is Extended Harnessing?
Keeping your child harnessed past the traditional 40 pounds
Why should I keep my child harnessed past 40 pounds?
Limits head excursion (forward movement) during a crash, reducing the risk of head and neck injuries
Spreads crash forces out over a broader area of the body (5 points instead of 3), and across the strongest parts of the child’s body
Child is seated properly 100% of the time
Reduces driver distraction (keeps kids seated properly and restrained)
The majority of children are not mature enough to ride in a booster until 5-6 years old
Offers a snugger fit than an adult seat belt. When an accident occurs, the harness is already holding the child in the proper position.
Top 3 reasons kids go into a booster before they should
Their younger siblings need their harnessed car seat
Their peers are in booster seats
Need to replace their old seat due to age of seat/returning loaned seat and need a cheap replacement
“Every step in car seat “advancement” is actually a step down in your child’s protection.” - CPSafety.com
If a child in a booster still finds that the shoulder belt crosses the neck or face instead of lying flat on the collar bone, the child needs to be moved back into a higher weight harness seat. If a child can not or will not use a booster correctly for the entire duration of the ride, every ride, then the child needs to be in a high weight harness seat.
A child under the age of 5 years old is at increased risk of internal injuries due to poor fitting booster seats, and the risk of submarining down/out of a booster. The goal of extended harnessing is to let your child reach a safe size & maturity level before putting them in a proper booster.
How to tell if a child has outgrown their forward facing harnessing seat:
A forward facing harnessing seat is outgrown when one of the following occurs (which ever happens first)
The child reaches the weight limit of the harness
The child’s shoulders are above the top harness slot
The child’s ears reach the top of the seat
*It’s important to remember that while forward facing, the harness slot must be AT or ABOVE the child’s shoulders at all times. *Also note that a forward facing harnessing seat should always be top tethered. If your vehicle doesn’t have top tethers, please contact your local dealership to have one retrofitted. Many manufacturers will install the first top tether for free, and additional top tethers cost around $15. The use of a top tether reduces head excursion by 6 inches.
There are many car seats on the market today that will keep children harnessed well past 4 years and 40 pounds. The majority of the seats on the market today harness to 50-85 pounds. If your child has a car seat with a 40 pound harness weight limit, and outgrows it, there are many affordable options for you to keep them harnessed longer. Best practice is ABOVE the law, not just the minimum law.
Which car seats are best for EH?
*Forward Facing Only Seats Britax Frontier: forward facing only seats, harnessing from (2 yrs) 25 to 80 pounds; converts to high back booster Britax Frontier 85: forward facing only seat, harnessing from (2 yrs) 25 to 85 pounds; converts to high back booster Britax Regent: (discontinued) forward facing only seat, harnessing from 22 to 80 pounds Graco Nautilus: forward facing only seat, harnessing from 20 to 65 pounds; converts to high back booster and backless booster Evenflo Maestro: forward facing only seat, harnessing from 20 to 50 pounds; converts to high back booster but isn’t advised to use in booster mode by CPSTs Evenflo Generations 65: forward facing only seat, harnessing from 20 to 65 pounds; converts to high back booster but isn’t advised to use in booster mode by CPSTs Safety 1st Apex 65: forward facing only seat, harnessing from 22 to 65 pounds; converts to a high back booster
*Convertible Seats Sunshine Kids Radian: convertible car seat, rear faces 40-45 pounds, forward face 60-80 pounds Learning Curve True Fit: convertible car seat, rear faces to 35 pounds, forward faces to 65 pounds Evenflo Symphony 65: convertible 3-in-1 car seat, rear faces to 35 pounds, forward faces to 65 pounds; converts to high back booster but will be outgrown quickly in booster mode Evenflo Triumph Advance: convertible car seat, rear faces to 35 pounds, forward faces to 50 pounds Graco My Ride 65: convertible car seat, rear faces to 40 pounds, forward faces to 65 pounds Safety 1st Complete Air: convertible car seat, rear faces to 40 pounds, forward faces to 50 pounds Britax Marathon: convertible car seat, rear faces to 35 pounds, forward faces to 65 pounds Britax Boulevard: convertible car seat, rear faces to 35 pounds, forward faces to 65 pounds Evenflo Momentum 65- rear faces to 40 pounds (supposedly, though it's brand new and the Evenflo site says 35 pounds), forward faces to 65 pounds
Last edited by ::er!ca::; June 4th, 2010 at 05:35 AM.
Fantastic thread. Way too many 2-4 year olds go into boosters long before it is safe for them.
I also wanted to add a quick note on the 3-in-1 seats that are SO common. Any Alpha Omega/Eddie Bauer/Cosco 3-in-1 is not a seat we recommend. The harness only goes to 40 lbs (newer models do go to 50lbs, but we still don't usually recommend them). Once children outgrow the low harness weight & height, the booster part of the seat is NOT a good fit for almost all children. So they advertise it as good from 5-100 lbs, but really it's going to be outgrown early on and the booster shouldn't be used.
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Now, I've read that this seat is a 40 pound rear facing seat. However, on the Evenflo website it says 35 pounds. It must be an error. If you look at this slide show, on page 5 it clearly says it's a 40 pound rear facing seat. http://www.ndhealth.gov/injury/Train..._ND%202010.pdf