Special needs van with lap belts


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I am a physical therapist for a small school for kids with special needs. They use a small bus/van to transport the students (as well as adults in their adult program.) I don't know how to post a picture, but I included a link to a similar bus below. 2 students are transported in their wheelchairs, but the other students sit in the seats, which have lap belts only. I don't know where to start to look for information as far as what is available.

Thanks for any advice.


ETA: After more research it looks like the EZ ON 86Y would probably be the best option. Should the students be in high-back boosters because of the lack of head rests? Also, although I don't work with the adults, I would like to give advice on improving their safety. Any input is appreciated!


CPST and ketchup snob
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86-y would be a good bet for children and adults 40-168 lbs. A booster is required 40-66 lbs and the kids tall enough to not have support to top of the ears would need a high back that didn't require head support, yes. So you would want one that is tall. A high back also provides some lateral support. You would likely need to have the heavy duty tether anchor kit included with the 86-y installed.

If any of the children need more support, a high weight special needs seat or conventional seat might be more appropriate.

Without knowing what needs in particular you're dealing with that's good general advice. Please don't hesitate to expand if you have more needs to be addressed!


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Thanks for the info!
The kids that sit in the van seats do not need extra support.
I will check with the school about having the tether anchor installed.

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