Airplane Seat Harness Joins 2008 List of Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products
Burlington, VT (September 17, 2008) – “Buckle your seatbelt” is one of those phrases that kids and parents instinctively understand and follow whether in the car or on an airplane. But buckling a toddler in a car seat while sitting in an airplane seat is something that can be difficult to do, especially if the car seat doesn’t fit and must be gate-checked. Happily there’s a fresh option for car-seat-toting travelers and it’s a winner. Dr. Toy, the noted child development authority, has tapped the Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) as one of this year’s Top 10 Socially Responsible Products, part of the 2008 Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products list.
Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products awards program was developed by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented toys and products for children. The complete list of Socially Responsible Products can be viewed at www.drtoy.com.
Designed by a grandmother who watched her own 7-months pregnant daughter emerge from a plane juggling a toddler, a car seat and a diaper bag, CARES by Kids Fly Safe is the first of its kind – and only FAA certified-harness for toddlers. It loops around the back of the airplane seat and augments the regular seat belt, keeping the child as safe as if he were in a car seat.
CARES is an innovative child harness that weighs less than a pound and provides extra support to children on an airplane who weigh between 22-44 pounds. It replaces, happily, the need for parents to lug a bulky car seat around the airport and onto an airplane. Plus it assures parents that their child will have the proper harness protection they need, as car seats, which were designed for the back seat of an automobile, often don’t fit properly on airplane seats.
CARES was invented and patented by Louise Stoll, a petite grandmother, who also happened to be the Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1993-1997. It occurred to Stoll to try to create something better for her own daughter and grandchildren and today her FAA-approved invention benefits all traveling families with tots.
Since its debut, the pocket-or-purse-sized Child Aviation Restraint System, retailing for $74.95, has wowed judges nationally and internationally including winning the Good Housekeeping Magazine Good Buy Award-- one of only 8 products out of 2000 evaluated. The multi-award-winning seatbelt can be ordered online at kidsflysafe.com and is now available in many children’s stores across the country and in Canada.
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