CARES is the only harness type safety restraint that has ever been certified by the FAA for use during all phases of air travel.
The FAA has long maintained that children weighing 22-44 pounds should be in their own seats, and restrained by car seats approved for use in airplanes. Given the heaviness and awkwardness of car seats, however, many parents opt to buckle the kids into an adult size seatbelt on the plane. While this is better than nothing, anyone who’s taken a close look can see that the child is likely to slip right through or under that belt.
That’s why CARES is so great! You can check the car seat, or leave it at home, and take CARES along in your pocket or purse. The harness weighs about a pound and takes up very little room, meaning it’s a lot easier to pack around than a car seat.
The specially designed belt and buckle device hold toddlers securely into their seat and is adjustable to virtually any size airplane seat. It’s made by AmSafe Aviation, the same company that makes seatbelts for the rest of the plane, and the the FAA has determined that CARES greatly improves safety for young children over the airplane lap belt alone, and provides a level of safety equal to car seats.
Each CARES until comes with an instructional video (it’s VERY easy to learn to use), an instruction card (easy to pack with you for quick reference while traveling) and and a carrying case. MSRP $74.95.
The great people at Kids Fly Safe, the originator of CARES, have donated a CARES unit to one lucky readers of Travel Product Guide.
How do you win? It’s easy!
Just leave a comment telling us where you’d like to take a special little guy or girl on vacation?
All comments will be entered in a contest for the CARES unit. The contest runs through tonight, Sunday, November 30th, 2008 at 11:59pm PT. A random winner will be selected from all the comments to receive the CARES unit. Please only enter once and leave your email address in the appropriate spot so that we can contact you.
Don’t have a small one of your own? Become the favorite family member, friend, or godparent with CARES and a special travel experience to go with it. This makes a great gift!
Check back tomorrow for the winner of this giveaway, and to see what great gift Kori has for Monday. Remember, it’s Countdown-to-Christmas with Travel Product Guide, and we’ll be giving away a travel gift each day right up until Christmas.