How do you respond in the situation?
During the last four years of marketing and selling the RideSafer vest, consumers have often pondered the legality of the vest. It’s no wonder, I mean, how can this little vest thing be legal when all other car seats are big, bulky, heavy and plastic?
We’ve shared with customers the details about how the RideSafer does meet federal standards for car seat safety and how it is a certified vest.
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Just in the last few months, two customers have made us aware of two incidents where the parents were told the vest was illegal by, well, let’s say uninformed people:
- one a police officer (not during a traffic stop, a customer went to the department to ask) who told the parent the RideSafer was not a legal child restraint in their state. In fact, if you read the state statute, the RideSafer is a legal child restraint in that state. (You can view a list of state statutes here.)
- one a rental car sales person who didn’t recognize the RideSafer as a legal child restraint and required the parents to rent a car seat through their car rental before they’d let them leave the lot.
Now this is just two scenarios our customers experienced out of the thousands of vests sold and used during the last 12 years the RideSafer has been available. And both were due to lack of information the uninformed person had at the time.
We want to make sure you know how to answer if someone ever questions you about using the RideSafer and the legality of the vest.
First and foremost, use the vest according to manufacturer’s specifications and instructions, that is a prerequisite of the law in most states. The minimum requirements for the RideSafer is 3 years old and 30 pounds.
Secondly, you can show the RideSafer is a certified seat by showing the label inside the vest which has the federally required text stating, “This child restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles. Also it conforms to each country’s relevant safety standards.” And to the side of that it has an applicable safety standards section where US federal standard for child restraints, FMVSS213, is listed.
This states the manufacturer has tested and certified the product to be meet or exceed the federal motor vehicle safety standards. That means the RideSafer IS legal.
(We do advise if you are questioned and ticketed during a traffic stop, accept the ticket. By the way, this has never happened as far as we are aware. Contact us and we will provide you with information to argue the ticket in court.)
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By Greg Durocher, CEO at Safe Ride 4 Kids and certified CPS Technician Instructor since 2002
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