For European residents: Technically the RideSafer vest has not been certified for use in Europe.
We used to have an EU version that came with a booster seat but the manufacturer did not certify more recent models. According to the manufacturer, RideSafer cannot be certified in Europe under Regulation 44 any more because the EU is implementing a new regulation known as r129. Unfortunately, Regulation 129 is still a work-in-progress and does not yet contain the test procedures for Group 3 restraints (harness/booster). The manufacturer needs to wait until the category is described and test procedures are finalized.
For people traveling to Europe: This version of the vest cannot be sold in Europe but can be used (with or without the booster) in Europe as long as the stay in the country is not extended beyond 6-12 months (country dependent). See also… “What if I’m traveling internationally?” in the top FAQ section.
Is there an update on this? I’m going to Ireland in a few weeks and want to know what my options are.
Yes. I just updated the FAQ info to the most recent information offered by the manufacturer.
Do I need to use the booster seat with the harness in Europe? Doesn’t mention vest or vest with booster
If you are just traveling in Europe, you should be able to just use the vest without a booster.
I’m traveling to Europe for vacation. I have the ridesafer Gen 5 are we able to use it?
The Gen 5 version of the RideSafer vest cannot be sold in Europe but can be used in Europe as long as the stay in the country is not extended beyond 6-12 months (country dependent).
Do you know the specific rules for Portugal? I know in general you can use the vest as long as your stay is not longer than 6-12 months but that this varies by country. Can you use the vest when traveling to Portugal and if so, for how long?
I have not looked specifically into Portugal’s car seat law.
Hello! Is ridesafer legal to use in Brazil?
I could find the requirements for using car seats in Brazil but not what standards the restraints must meet.