Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) Giveaway

January 31, 2010 by  
Filed under children, giveaways

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to commentor #55: Staceyk!

As a flight attendant, one of the most common questions I receive from traveling families besides “Do you have extra diapers on board?” is “Have you ever heard of the CARES Restraint System? Is it really that easy?”

Well, thanks to Kids Fly Safe, not only can I say I have heard about it but I’ve also had the opportunity to actually see one for myself.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

CARES, the Child Aviation Restraint System, is the only harness type child aviation safety restraint ever certified for airplane travel by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It is designed for children who are able to sit upright in their own airplane seat and weigh between 22 and 44 pounds – usually 1-4 years old.

OUR REVIEW

First of all, let me tell you that anything that will decrease the amount of things I need to lug to the plane is always a blessing in my book. I like to travel as light as possible and check in everything I can. It just makes traveling with kids so much easier. So when I first heard about CARES, I had to find out more. To my surprise, it only weighs 1 pound is about 6″ long. You can throw it in your carry-on and it won’t weigh you down like a car seat.

Secondly, it’s really easy to install. The only downside is that you’ll need to temporarily put down the tray table of the person behind you and they may not always be the most cooperative people on board. However, once they realize that it will not interfere with their “personal space” in any way, they’re usually pretty understanding.

Third, kids seem to really like using it because it allows them to sit on the plane’s seat just like a big kid.

“The FAA spent nearly four years evaluating CARES, which was a significant departure from heavy, bulky car seats, which had been the only type of safety restraint previously permitted on airplanes. The FAA determined, after rigorous testing, that CARES provided an equivalent level of safety (ELOS) to a car seat when used in airplanes.
The FAA certification reflects that CARES is a true technology breakthrough in the area of passenger safety … and the certification applies to all US registered airlines, private planes, and corporate jets — even helicopters.

International travelers will be happy to learn that CARES is now approved by Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and for use on Air Baltic, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Czech Airlines, El Al, EVA, KLM, Korean Airlines, Olympic Airlines, and Swiss International Airlines, to name a few.”

Overall, we loved using the CARES Restraint System and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling with young children. However, just be prepared to explain to the flight attendant what it is. Even though we (flight attendants) have all been informed that the CARES System is FAA approved, many may not have seen it in person yet.

The Mom’s Choice Awards just named the Child Aviation Restraint (CARES) among the best in family-friendly products for 2009. CARES won the highest honor from Mom’s Choice, a Gold Award, in the Gear & Accessories- Safety Category.  The CARES Restraint System sells for $74.95.

WIN IT!

I have a CARES to give away to one lucky person! To enter:

  • Just stop by Kids Fly Safe before midnight, Feb 7th and check out how to install the system.
  • Then come back and mention in comments one of the steps. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 2 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for Kids Fly Safe who provided the item for review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary product. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to our disclosure policy

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life and Family Review Network. Wife, mother, and flight attendant . . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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136 Responses to “Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) Giveaway”
  1. 101
    Angela Gaffke says:

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    Angela Gaffke says:

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  3. 103
    Angela Gaffke says:

    I’m a Kid’s Fly Safe facebook fan. angela.gaffke

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  5. 105
    Laura Benjamin says:

    Step 2: Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  6. 106
    Laura Benjamin says:

    Email subscriber. I love this as my husband is in the military and this would be so great for my daughter for when we have to fly!

  7. 107

    “Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.”

    Thanks! This looks amazing.
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  8. 108
    Lisa says:

    One of the steps is: Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  9. 109
    Lisa says:

    I’m a subscriber

  10. 110
    Tracy P says:

    Step 2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  11. 111
    Sharon A says:

    3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

  12. 112
    trixx says:

    Here’s one step for installation: Slide the red loop of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the red loop so it is just above your child’s shoulders & tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the red loop.

  13. 113
    trixx says:

    I’m a subscriber

  14. 114
    Julie Moe says:

    2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  15. 115
    Julie Moe says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  16. 116
    Julie Moe says:

    Follow you on twitter @juliemeagan

  17. 117
    Julie Moe says:

    Follow kids fly safe on twitter @juliemeagan

  18. 118
    Suzanne says:

    Step 2: Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat. This product is a great idea. Would come in handy on our upcoming trip. Thanks for the contest!

  19. 119
    R Hicks says:

    It is rather straight forward to install.

    Step 2 calls for Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  20. 120
    R Hicks says:

    subscribe to you via email

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  21. 121
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    R Hicks says:

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  27. 127
    Katrina says:

    Step 1: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will be occupying

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  28. 128
    Melanie says:

    Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  29. 129
    Chrysa says:

    Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.
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  30. 130
    Chrysa says:

    I’m following you on Twitter (I’m @ThriftyJinxy).
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  31. 131
    Chrysa says:

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  32. 132
    Gianna says:

    5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

  33. 133
    Lily Kwan says:

    One of the steps is lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

  34. 134
    Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

  35. 135
    Lily Kwan says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  36. 136
    Lily Kwan says:

    I became a Facebook fan of Kids Fly Safe.

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