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 specialized 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 with funding from the National
Safety Council. If you would like additional information
or are interested in training opportunities, please
contact the Automotive Safety Program, 1-800-755-0912.