Posted by Debbie on September 12, 2003 at 11:38:53:
In Reply to: Re: Very Big Problem posted by Marie W. on September 12, 2003 at 00:15:12:
Thank you very much for doing that research for me. I will check out that website. Although I hate the idea of a harness, I might have to check into it. Unfortunately, she thinks its a game. This is something that I can not explain to her and have her understand as of yet because she has Down Syndrome. I am a school bus driver and I take my kids with me in the afternoon. I can not pull the bus off of the road to put her back in every mile or so for obvious reasons.
Again, thank you very much.
: Hi Debbie,
: I did some research for you and I found some information on a particular website. Which carseat are you using? Have you tried one that comes with the tray shield across the front - that might be more difficult to escape out of. I remember you posting earlier about this. I had said incorrectly at that time that the buckle of my Graco car seat does not move. I was wrong, it does move, but it is very different from many other car seats in that the buckle cannot move all the way down to the bottom, thereby giving the child enough room to slip out. There are two belts looped together, one around the waist, and the other down the front, so there is no way the buckle will go all the way down to give the child the necessary room to come out. I hope I am making sense. Anyway here's the information on that website that I found:
: Q31: My child won't use a carseat/booster. My child escapes his carseat. What can I do?
: Some children can twist out of harnesses at an early age. Others can easily undo the buckle mechanism. Children may also be able to put too much slack in a seatbelt, and some children don't want to use a child restraint or seatbelt at all. Driving is a dangerous activity, and like any other, it requires proper supervision at all times.
: Parents can try many things. You can try calling the manufacturer of your carseat to see if they have a buckle that requires more force to release, or a 2-piece chest clip instead of a "paperclip style" chest clip. Using a seatbelt yourself sets a good example. Refusing to put the car in motion unless the child stays in their restraint is another. Also, try to keep your child entertained or distracted if possible, and NEVER make an exception and allow them not to use their child restraint. For severe cases, you can try a safety vest by E-Z-On (800-323-6598) that may be more difficult to remove