All children deserve to be protected as occupants in motor vehicles in restraint systems appropriate for their size and development. However, some children who have certain medical conditions or procedures require special consideration when selecting restraints.
Regardless of whether or not a child’s medical condition presents short-term or long-term challenges, a child should travel in a restraint system that provides optimum protection. Oftentimes, a conventional child safety seat will meet the safety and positioning needs of a child with special health care needs. Other times, an adaptive or specialty restraint will be necessary.
This section contains basic information about transporting children who have certain medical conditions or procedures. It is by no means all-inclusive. The information contained in this section was adapted from the curriculum, “Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs,” developed by the Automotive Safety Program. If you would like additional information or are interested in training opportunities, please contact the National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs at 1-800-755-0912.