CARES Aviation Child Restraint
A great alternative to travelling with a car seat, CARES is the award-winning aviation restraint designed specifically for children to be used while flying in an aircraft. When traveling overseas from Australia, it sometimes get difficult to travel with a car seat. Aside from being frustrating to carry, using car seats on planes can become confusing when international safety standards don't meet. For example, Australian car seats may not be used on certain overseas airlines as they don't match the local standards and likewise, car seats from other countries may not be used on Australian flights. This is where the Cares Aviation Harness makes traveling with children on any airline simple and most importantly, safe.
This harness is suitable for children aged between 1 to 5 years old that weigh between 10 to 20 kgs and that are up to approx 102cm tall. CARES Aviation Harness weighs only 500 grams and comes with its own 15 cm carry bags, best of all it's so simple to install and has its oven instruction DVD. It is the only Aviation Authority Approved alternative to a car seat when flying with young children.
Below are extracts taken from Airline websites in 2013 that operate throughout Australia & New Zealand and refer to the used of the Cares Aviation Harness (These are extract only, to view full details please view full policy on airline websites).
The safest way for an infant or small child to travel on an aircraft is in a Child Restraint Device such as a car seat. Infants are allowed to be carried on your lap however research has demonstrated it does not provide the protection of a child seat. A car seat must be pre-approved for use as a child seat at least 24 hours before departure. Approval of car seats cannot be obtained on departure at the airport. You must buy a seat on the plane to ensure the use of a pre-approved car seat or CARES restraint device. To buy a seat on an aircraft for your infant and get pre-approval for the use of a child seat, contact your local Qantas Office. The Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) is a pre-approved alternative to car seats on an aircraft. This harness style restraint device is suitable for children aged two to four years, weighing 10-20kg (22-44lb).
The safety of our aircraft, staff and our passengers is of the highest priority at any stage of the Jetstar journey. Travelling with kids is no exception. Jetstar accepts the use of CARES restraints on flights operated in Australia. Known as the CARES restraint (Child Aviation Restraint System), this product has been endorsed by the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the NTSB (National Transport Safety Bureau) for carriage on aircraft and is the only commercial restraint device to be certified by the FAA as an alternative to a car seat.
V Australia does not provide but accepts the CARES Child Restraint onboard our aircraft. This device must have the original label intact and must used in accordance with the operating instructions.The CARES restraint may only be used in certain locations on V Australia aircraft. Guests wishing to use their own CARES Restraint onboard are required to contact the Guest Contact Centre to reserve a seat. Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis.The CARES restraint is approved for use on aircraft and is manufactured by leading aviation restraint manufacturer AMSAFE.This restraint attaches to a regular aircraft seat to become a safe and comfortable 5 point harness for children and weighs only 500 grams making it ideal for travel.The restraint is designed for use by toddlers aged between 1 - 4 years and 10 - 20 kilos who are up to 1 meter tall and is the perfect alternative to car seat usage.
The Virgin Blue Group does not provide but permits use of the CARES Child Restraint onboard for infants/children aged two and older. This device must have the original label intact and must be used in accordance with the operating instructions.The CARES restraint is restricted to certain locations on the aircraft therefore guests are required to contact the Guest Contact Centre to reserve a seat. Seats that can hold CARES restraints are limited and will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis.The CARES restraint is approved for use on aircraft and is manufactured by leading aviation restraint manufacturer AMSAFE.
The following lists the car-type seats and child restraint devices acceptable onboard as per the UAE - General Civil Aviation Authority:
Australian Car Seat regulations
USA Standards FMVSS213
Canadian Standard CMVSS 213
European Standards ECE-44
German Standards (TÜV Doc.TÜV/958-01/2001)
CARES – Harness Type Child Restraint System
Guests wishing to use any of the above CRD shall be responsible to complete the appropriate installation as per the manufacturer’s instructions and restrictions displayed on the label attached to the CRD.
Child restraint devices (CRDs) approved for use in aircraft only by any Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or Transport Canada may be used, if marked accordingly.
The infant child restraint device AmSafe System (CARES) can be used for a child aged 12 months to 4 years
As an alternative to a car seat, CARES harness must be used to secure an infant/ child passenger during taxiing, take-off, landing, and when the seat belt sign is “on”. The harness is recommended to be used in-flight even when the seatbelt sign is “off”. The parent / traveling companion must purchase a separate seat for the infant/child using CARES harness. The applicable child fare will be charged. The parent / traveling companion must inform reservations staff during booking, and ground staff during check-In that they wish to use the CARES harness to secure their infant/child. CARES harness can only be used on Economy Class seats without an airbag seat belt equipped...CARES harness cannot be used in new Economy Class of Airbus and 777-300ER aircraft. CARES harness is not to be used or installed on seats in exit rows.
Child harness approved by FAA is also accepted for use on the aircraft.”
CARES child restraint devices: CARES™ child restraint devices are designed for children ages 1 to 4, weighing between 10-20 kg (22-44 lbs), whose height is 100 cm (40 inches) or less and who are capable of sitting upright. They must be used within the limitations specified by the manufacturer (as indicated on the label), and must display the following: Legible CARES label with approval standards (FAA approved in accordance with 14 CFR 21.305 (d) and approved for aircraft use only).
Part number 4082-1 on label Please note that CARES child restraint devices cannot be installed in the Executive First Suite.
AIR NEW ZEALAND
An alternative to using a car seat inflight is the CARES child restraint system. CARES has been approved for use on Air New Zealand flights by the New Zealand CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).”
Tiger air Australia does not provide but accepts the Cares Child Restraint onboard our aircraft.. This device must have the original label intact and must be used in accordance with the operating instructions.
Passengers who wish to use their own CARES restraint on board for passengers with special needs must contact the call centre no later than 5 days prior to departure. The CARES restraint is approved for use on our aircraft and our crew are trained to check its installation onboard. The restraint attaches to a regular seat to become a safe and comfortable 5 point harness for children and weighs only 500 grams. The restraint is designed for use by toddlers aged between 1-5 years and 10-20 kilos who are up to 1 metre tall.