What if my child exceeds the height requirement but not the weight requirement?

May 25th, 2012

This is a very common question since many kids exceed the height limit for CARES before they exceed the weight limit.

According to the FAA certification for CARES, the FAA states “The system is for use by children between 22 and 44 lb. (~10-20 kg) in weight, less than 40 inches (~101 cm) tall and who are capable of sitting upright alone in a forward facing position.”

Child restraints are classified by child category and CARES is certified as a Type III restraint for Toddlers. The required labeling is as follows:

THIS TYPE III CHILD  RESTRAINT IS DESIGNED FOR USE ONLY BY CHILDREN WHO WEIGH BETWEEN 22 AND 44 LBS {10-20 KG) AND WHOSE HEIGHT IS 40 IN {1OOCM) OR LESS AND WHO ARE CAPABLE OF SITTING UPRIGHT ALONE. DO NOT USE IN A SIDE FACING SEAT. USE ONLY IN A FORWARD FACING SEAT.

The webbing is the same strength and grade used in all aircraft seatbelts.  Even if the CARES restraint would fit and be safe for your child to use, we can’t make any recommendations for its use outside of the FAA certification. The upper limit of the CARES certification is 44  lbs. (20 kg) and 40 in. (100 cm).