Special Needs Car seat for 6 year old



My six year old has autism and seizures and is currently using an EZ on harness tethered top and latched on sides, he can undo the clasps on side and top, no matter how tight.

I am looking for other options, will go through our dme but they often only recommend one butare open to different ideas.

My son is 50 inches plus and 65 lbs, 6 years old.

I would love a seat that has a five point harness and can recline.



Admin - CPST Instructor
Staff member
The Columbia Medical APS seat may work quite well for you. Do you have a Special Needs tech near you who can help size your son to the seat?



I will ask wheel chair seating as I believe there is a division that does it.

Does that seat recline when needed? Or is it one setting?



It looks like you would have to remove the seat, add a recline bar to recline this seat. That would be very difficult to do with a six year old that has just seized.

Are there any other seats except the carrot that recline for this age range?

Should I consider a Britax? Is there any mainstream option left at this age?


CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
There are conventional seats that might well fit, including the Chicco MyFit which reclines, but if he escapes you may well need a special needs option.

The general practice would be to recline the seat before install and leave it installed that way, not switch it back and forth regularly.

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