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    Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    I am looking for a carseat for my friends son who is 9yrs old w/ CP! He is 70lbs. She would like something that will Harness him rather than use the lap/ shoulder belt! I had done some looking around myself but the only thing I really have any info on is the Frontier from Britax! Cost is not an issue!

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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    Can you get a sitting height for him? sit against a wall and measure from the floor to his *shoulders*?

    That would really help us recommend some seats that might work for him.
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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy View Post
    Can you get a sitting height for him? sit against a wall and measure from the floor to his *shoulders*?

    That would really help us recommend some seats that might work for him.
    yes please.

    There are several tall seats out there with high harness limits that can help a child with CP ride comfortably. The Regent, the Roosevelt....
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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    Yeah, I was thinking the Roosevelt or the new one from Merritt http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.p...hlight=merritt
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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    If cost is not an issue (or she can get assistance from insurance), I'd recommend a special-needs seat like the Merritt Roosevelt. A Regent might fit now, but won't for all that much longer, I don't think.
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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    There's also the Recaro Monza, which goes to 110.2 pounds.
    http://www.exomotion.com/th_exomotio...112&Itemid=156

    I think with this seat it does harness, but if I remember correctly, you may need to use the vehicle's lap/shoulder belt with the harness. But I'm not 100% sure on that. It would be something to ask about.

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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    What about an 86Y? Or a RSTV? I'm not sure of the weight limits on either, but they may be something to look into.

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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy's Law View Post
    There's also the Recaro Monza, which goes to 110.2 pounds.
    http://www.exomotion.com/th_exomotio...112&Itemid=156

    I think with this seat it does harness, but if I remember correctly, you may need to use the vehicle's lap/shoulder belt with the harness. But I'm not 100% sure on that. It would be something to ask about.
    You are correct. The harness is for positioning only, and the seat performs as a high back booster.

    How much muscle tone the child has, how much seated support he needs, and his mobility level should all be considered when choosing a seat for him. If he is non-ambulatory, there are wheel chair transport options that the parents may want to consider as he gets heavier and harder to transfer.
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    Re: Please Help Been looking but with no luck!

    I'd add the Tomato or the Columbia seat to the consideration.

    http://www.adaptivemall.com/safetycarseats1.html

    Two of my special needs friends (both 10 yr olds) have the Tomato and have been very happy with it.

    cons: It is a heavy thing and requires heavy duty tether after a certain weight (50-60 lbs, IIRC).

    pros: It is airline approved. Can be used as a positioning/booster seat by attaching it to a regular chair. Both features are handy for travel (even if it's just to homes that aren't w/c accessible).

    AND I second the suggestion to look into a customized van, depending upon the child's need for positioning and support and his ability to assist with transfers in/out of a vehicle.

    While travel in a seat is safer than in a WC, once a child reaches a certain height/weight, transferring between the two is very hard on caregivers.

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