Booster's and vehicle head support


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I contacted a bunch of booster manufacturers and shared the answers elsewhere, but thought I better make a post here.

I didn't ask Combi, Clek, or Dorel. Combi makes it very clear in the manual that you can use the seat in high back back mode without vehicle support. (And I no longer have contact info for Combi.) I assumed clek was fine and we all know Dorel requires vehicle head support.

Harmony recommends vehicle support, but does not require it.

Chicco, Evenflo, and Britax sent me personal responses standing by their manuals, repeating to me that their boosters do not need vehicle head support.

Graco didn't let me past the cs rep that hardly speaks English and doesn't understand the manual.

Recaro initially just responded to me with the probooster manual and the child's specifications, but today responded the same as in the other thread. (I think Carol was sending out copies of the same email.) Recaro needs vehicle head support.

Compass didn't respond to me.


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How did Recaro respond? I have not seen other threads. We have a probooster.......
Here it is:
The VIVO manual does not state that it is ever okay to remove the vehicle headrest.

This is clarification I received from the engineer concerning the ProBooster:

"You can remove the headrest as long as the child's head is equal to the vehicle seat back. If the child's head is above then discontinue use. "

If a gap is formed with the vehicle headrest installed, then the use of a folded towel to fill a small gap is an option.

Again, only you can make a final decision.

Hope this helps.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards,

Carol Ruscoe
Customer Service Associate


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So many booster manufactures requiring support makes me really uneasy :/ If it isn't safe to use the vivo or monterey without support I just can't imagine how it would be ok for my flimsy evenflo..


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I just read the Vivo manual front to back. The only reference to head restraints is when they are talking about the vivo head restraint. The seat is outgrown when the child's ears are over the top of the vivo head restraint. The head must be centered in the vivo's head restraint. There's even a definition of head restraint at the end of the manual- Head Restraint: Structure at the top of the backrest which is designed to keep the child’s head in the proper position and provide protection for the child’s head during a crash.

There is not one word in the manual about the vehicles head restraints or needing support behind the booster to the child's ears.

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