This program is for you when your child has outgrown their Small RideSafer® Travel Vest and they are ready to move into the next size. This program offers you a discount of $25 when you purchase a Large RideSafer® Travel Vest and return your small to Safe Ride 4 Kids. Safe Ride 4 Kids donates all small RideSafer® Travel Vests received back in the Trade-Up program to several organizations (see list here) to give mothers who would otherwise not have the means to provide an appropriate child restraint for their child a way to keep their child safe while driving in a car.
Here’s how it works — it’s simple!
You purchase the Large vest at regular price and indicate that this is a “trade-up” at checkout. When your order is shipped, we will include a return shipping label for you to send the Small vest back to us when the Large vest arrives. Once we receive the small vest and a signed statement of agreement that it was never in a crash, we will refund $25 to the account used to pay for the Large.
The vest is a seat belt positioning device which means that the fit of the vest on the child is less important than the positioning of the seat belt on the child. The seat belt is doing the restraining (when using the lap/shoulder belt) not the vest. So even if the vest is loose on the child, as long as the seat belt is low on the hips/lap and the shoulder portion is mid chest/mid shoulder then we are accomplishing the desired outcome.
The weight limits on the vest are less relevant than height. FMVSS 213 requires that they include weight in the specs but it does not really play into how the vest functions (unless you are using a lap only belt with the tether).
If the “lap flap” is starting to be pulled from a horizontal orientation into a vertical one then it is time to move up to the large. The large will likely be loose at first but based on the understanding above that “looseness” does not negatively affect crash performance you can feel confident that your little ones are still protected.