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Safety Is Our Top Priority At WhizRider

As two active fathers, we couldn’t find a suitable and safe solution to secure our children in daily taxis and Ubers. The only choices seemed to be to carry a bulky booster seat around, which was inconvenient to say the least, or go without a car seat or booster, which was out of the question. From this frustration, we were inspired to create WhizRider.

 

Intended for children 3+, WhizRider was designed to be a safe and portable supplement to the traditional car seat. Our product is not meant to replace a car seat for everyday use, but rather as a solution that parents, grandparents and caregivers can have on-hand at any time when no other safety seats are available. 

 

WhizRider exceeds U.S. requirements for child restraint devices. Our product was developed together with a team of leading accident researchers, biomechanical engineers and homologation specialists, so we can guarantee you are using a safe product of the highest quality. Engineered in Germany, WhizRider fulfills all sustainability and ethical standards, from sourcing to production.

What makes WhizRider so safe?

WhizRider is a belt positioning device with an innovative harness-style restrain system.

Unlike booster seats, WhizRider brings the shoulder belt down to the correct level and keeps the seatbelt in the proper places (top of shoulder, upper thighs). The leg loops keep the child back in the vehicle seat, preventing submarining.

Optimal seat belt placement
Top of shoulders
On upper thighs
prevents submarining
The innovative safety features explained in 20 seconds:

Integrating the harness system into a vest makes it easy and fast to put on.

Extra visibility through reflective trims keeps kids safe while hopping in and out of cars and near streets in twilight and night. 

How it works explained in 20 seconds:

In case of an impact, the harness and the vehicle’s seat distributes the forces across the child’s body to minimize injury.

WhizRider keeps the vehicle safety belt in optimal position and prevents children from sliding forward, submarining (sliding under the lap belt) and heavy head excursion.

How was WhizRider tested? 

WhizRider surpasses U.S. federal requirements regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

Through random selection methods, every single batch we produce is tested in accordance with FMVSS 213. We repeat these tests using dummies representing 3-year-old, 6-year-old, and 10-year-old children. As parents ourselves, safety is of the utmost importance. 

 

You can check out these two crash-tests to see how WhizRider stands up to testing and is as safe as a booster (or even safer).

WhizRider crash-test

6-year-old dummy at 30MPH

Backless booster seat crash-test

6-year-old dummy at 30MPH

What are the differences between WhizRider and backless booster seats? 

As you watch the actual crash-test footage above, you can see that WhizRider keeps the seat belt in the correct position, protecting the body from moving too far forward or sliding under the belt. 

WhizRider exceeds the performance requirements of U.S. regulations and performs even better than a regular backless booster seat

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Where can you use WhizRider:

WhizRider was designed and tested based on the U.S. federal regulation standards, and can be used across the U.S. with the exception of Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Ohio. These five states officially require a restraint that elevates the child. When the law was written, these states were not aware of innovative and SAFE alternative restraint systems such as WhizRider. 

 

Did you know that countries outside of the U.S. accept the U.S. standard for child safety requirements, or, have no requirements at all? WhizRider is currently legal in 

  • Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam etc.)

  • South Asia (India, Sri Lanka etc.)

  • Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru etc.)

  • European countries with exceptional cases for the use of Taxis (Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom*) *including the use of uber services (private hire vehicles)

 

And there’s more coming “on board” each day. As we work to obtain approval in additional locations around the world, please check local regulations before using your WhizRider. 

 

Currently we do not ship to Canada or Austria due to import restrictions.

What are the differences between U.S. standard "FMVSS 213" and European "ECE R44" regulations?

Child Restraint regulation standards such as FMVSS 213 for the USA and ECE R44 for Europe have only minor differences, such as labelling and language requirements. The crash test performance requirements are almost identical, the real difference is that FMVSS 213 is a performance-oriented standard, while ECE R44 is a design-focused standard and does not describe a harness-style restraint system.

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