This revolutionary wearable child restraint is lightweight and easy to use - making it the perfect travelling companion for children in taxis and school buses. Designed for children aged 3+, available in three colours, with or without the optional safety tether. Ships from Singapore; prices in SGD.
The newest generation of RideSafer Delight is a safe and convenient child restraint. Here's why we love it:
- Ultralight; weighs less than 700g.
- Perfect for taxi travel and school bus runs.
- Adjustable shoulder belt guides and shoulder strap length enables optimal fit as your child grows.
- Certified to US crash test standards FMVSS 213.
- Features in-build energy management which helps to dissipate crash forces in an accident across a greater area than just the adult seat belt contact-area (as with a conventional booster seat).
- Optional tether strap which effectively turns the vest into a harness (like in a conventional car seat) rather than just a seat belt positioning device (like a conventional booster seat). The tether significantly reduces forward and side movement of your child's torso, neck and head during an accident - thus lessening the risk of injury.
- Gen4 design allows for increased airflow - perfect for Singapore's weather.
What's in the box?
- RideSafer Delight vest
- Crotch strap (optional to use but we recommend you use it)
- Cool mesh backpack to make carrying your RideSafer as easy as possible
What accessories can I add to my order when I check out?
- Tether strap (+$20), see FAQ below for more information
- Neck cushion (+$10), see FAQ below for more information
- School bus accessory kit ($25)
Choosing the correct size
The RideSafer vest has two dimensions which are important for getting a good on your child:
1. Tummy circumference (measured in line with their belly button), and
2. Seated torso height (measured from top of thigh to top of shoulder, when child is seated).
The table below shows the minimum and maximum measurements of the vest itself. Please note - due to the adjustable shoulder belt guides on the vest, if your child's measurements are smaller than the minimum measurements of the vest, the vest can still achieve a safe and correct seat belt position on your child's body, you will just need to expect the vest itself to be a little loose (which is completely acceptable and safe).
If your child seems to be between the two sizes, choose the large vest.
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In accordance with US crash test standards (FMVSS 213), the manufacturer approximates the height, weight and age range for each vest size. Please note that the two dimensions above (tummy circumference and seated torso height) are much more relevant when choosing which size to buy. The guide below is based on average growth metrics and may not be relevant for your child.
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How to use this product
Using the RideSafer Delight without a tether
The RideSafer Delight positions the adult seat belt over the strongest part's of your child's body. It is important to ensure the lower flap of the vest (which houses the lap-belt guides) is sitting flat on your child's legs, and isn't riding up onto their hips or abdomen.
<Video: How to use the RideSafer Delight without tether>
Using the RideSafer Delight with a tether
The tether strap hooks onto the vest at the shoulders and attaches to the vehicle's child restraint top tether anchor point. The tether effectively turns the vest into a harness (like in a conventional car seat) rather than just a seat belt positioning device (like a conventional booster seat). The tether significantly reduces forward and side movement of your child's torso, neck and head during an accident - thus lessening the risk of injury. When installing the tether, you should tighten the strap to remove the slack, but be careful not to over tighten it, as this will raise the vest and move the lap belt of the seat belt off your child's legs and onto their hips or abdomen.
<Video: How to use the RideSafer Delight with tether>
The RideSafer Delight has a high tech buckle which is designed to deform in an accident, absorbing the crash energy in the process - thereby directing crash energy away from your child's body and keeping them safer. It also reduces the risk of children undoing the vest themselves. This means it can be a little tricky to open and close the first time you attempt it. This video explains how to buckle and unbuckle the RideSafer Delight.
Using the RideSafer Delight on a school bus
If you are using the RideSafer Delight on your child's school bus, it's important that the bus attendant understands how to use it properly. We offer regular face-to-face bus attendant training as part of our School Bus Safety Program and we recommend that parents encourage their schools to participate in the program (which also offers discounted child restraints). In the meantime, you can print this trilingual Quick Reference Guide (in English, Mandarin and Malay) and pass it to your child's bus attendant when you demonstrate to them how to use the vest.
Can I use the RideSafer Delight if my child is under 3 years old? What if they are already over the 13.6kg weight guideline?
Physically, the RideSafer vest will fit very small children, however it's not necessarily the best option for them. We'll give you some information about how kids' bodies work and how child restraints work so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your family.
Children's skeletons are very different from adults'. Firstly, their head is proportionately larger and heavier (watch a toddler try to touch the top of his head: very cute, very difficult) and secondly, their pelvis and vertebrae have not yet ossified (this means the pelvis and each vertebra is made up of multiple little bones, cartilage and connective tissue, instead of a single, strong bone like an adult would have) which makes their neck, spine and pelvis much weaker and more flexible than an adult's.
Choosing 'age-appropriate' child restraints is important for us as parents because age is a more accurate indication of how strong and mature your child's skeleton is (ie. their m, compared to their height and weight. Each year your child grows, their skeleton matures closer and closer to the final adult-state. This means a four year old's skeleton is inherently stronger than a three year old's skeleton (and so on). So while you may have a big two year old who fits the height and weight requirements for a harness restraint or booster seat, their skeletons are not physically strong/mature enough to withstand the impact of an accident without the extra protection that an age-appropriate restraint, such as a car seat, offers.
So if your child is still under 18kg and 110cm, the safest taxi-friendly option for them is the Cosco Scenera NEXT car seat, which is rear facing and weighs 3kg. It fits most strollers, is easy to carry and easy to use. The next best option after that is the Urban Kanga, or IMMI Go portable forward facing car seats. Please note the Kanga is more suited to taxi-use as it can be installed with a seat belt. To install quickly in Singapore, the IMMI Go requires the vehicle to be fitted with ISOfix anchors and it can be difficult to book a car with ISOfix, especially during peak hours.
After a car seat, the next safest option is the RideSafer Delight used with the top tether strap. The vest is designed for kids aged 3+ and positions the adult seat belt over the strongest parts of the child's body (much like a booster seat does), but it has added safety features like the crotch strap (to reduce kids sliding out under the seat belt), tether strap (attaches to the vehicle itself and reduces forward movement which leads to head, neck and spine injuries), and energy deforming hardware (which acts like an energy sponge to absorb some of the crash forces so your child's body doesn't have to). For young kids, I strongly strongly recommend using the crotch strap and the tether strap (if the vehicle has a tether anchor, which about 75% of Singapore's cars do). After that, the RideSafer without tether is a great option.
It's important to note that using a child restraint for which your child is too young, is better than using nothing at all (or sharing a seat belt with them). Furthermore, it is important that you choose the safest product that you will use every. single. time. The 'safest' product is not the safest option for your child if it's only used half the time.
Is the RideSafer Delight approved by the LTA/Singapore Traffic Police?
In short, yes it's approved by the LTA. For the longer answer...
According to the Singapore Road Traffic Rules (Wearing of Seat Belts) 2011, when travelling in a vehicle, children until 1.35m tall (FYI, this is an average age of 10-12 years) must use either:
- an approved* child restraint appropriate to their height and weight,
- a booster seat, or
- an adjustable seat belt which repositions both the shoulder belt and lap belt in such a way that makes it suitable for the child’s height and weight and has been inspected and approved by the Registrar (LTA).
Public buses, school buses with more than 15 passenger seats and taxis are exempt from this legal requirement (but for safety reasons they should still adhere!). In all other vehicles, drivers and guardians have a legal requirement to ensure their children are appropriately secured.
*Approved child restraints are those certified by the US standard FMVSS 213; European standard ECE R44; Australian standard AS 1754-1975; Japanese standard JIS D0401-1990; or British standard B.S. 3254, B.S. AU 202a, or B.S. AU 185.
What is the tether and why do I need it?
The tether strap hooks onto the vest at the shoulders and attaches to the vehicle's child restraint top tether anchor point. The tether effectively turns the vest into a harness (like in a conventional car seat) rather than just a seat belt positioning device (like a conventional booster seat). The tether significantly reduces forward and side movement of your child's torso, neck and head during an accident - thus lessening the risk of injury. If your child is under 4 years of age, we strongly recommend you use the tether.
Where do I find the top tether anchor in a taxi/Uber?
Approximately 75% of Singapore's taxi and ride-sharing fleet have a child restraint top tether anchor point in the vehicle. If you happen to get in a vehicle without a tether anchor, simply remove the tether from the vest and only secure the vest with the seat belt.
The vest seems too big for my child; is this still safe?
The primary function of the RideSafer vest is to position the vehicle's seat belt across the strongest parts of the child's body. The adjustable shoulder belt guides allow you to achieve safe and correct positioning of the seat belt, even if the child's torso is smaller than the vest. For smaller children or children who carry their height in the legs (and therefore have a shorter torso), it's common to see the top of the vest up around their ears. So long as the vehicle seat belt is positioned across their thighs and collarbone, this is completely acceptable and safe.
What is the neck cushion and why do I need it?
This is really compact! Can I replace my big and bulky car seat for the RideSafer Delight, in my own car?
How do I clean vomit off the vest?
Is it safe to buy a second-hand RideSafer vest?
My child has special needs; is the RideSafer suitable?
How does the RideSafer compare to other portable seat belt positioners such as the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat and the Trunki BoostApak?