Upper Body Support and Restraint with RideSafer Tethers
When the RideSafer® is being used with a lap-only belt, you are required to use a tether strap to restrain the upper portion of the child.
Some parents choose to use the tether strap with the lap-shoulder belt for additional upper body support and restraint. This is especially helpful for younger, wiggly or special needs children. We recommend using the tether for children age 3 to 5 to help keep them in proper pre-crash position.
The tether strap hooks to the RideSafer vest and a tether anchor point in the vehicle (or with the EATAL — sold separately). Check your vehicle owners manual for the locations of the available tether anchors. It is dangerous to use other types of hooks or anchor points, like a cargo hook. These other hooks could be pulled out during a crash then the end of the tether strap would be flying around the car.
There are two types of RideSafer tethers:
- Use a Single Tether with the RideSafer, a lap-only seat belt and children 30-60lbs.
- Or use the single tether along with a lap-shoulder belt for additional support pre and during a crash. We especially recommend this for those younger children (age 3 to 5) and children with special needs.
- Use a Dual Tether with the RideSafer, a lap-only seat belt and children 60-80lbs. Vehicle tether anchor points are only rated by the car manufacturer to 65 lbs. For children who are between 65-80 lbs and using a lap only belt, we are required to split their weight between two tether anchor points.
When using the tether and the lap-shoulder belt, because the seat belt is doing the vast majority of restraining the upper body, they can use the single tether all the way up to the 80 pounds. The dual tether is only required when the vest is doing all the restraining in a lap-only belt situation.