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Child Safety in a Sand Rail

The Problem: 

Adult sized seats and belts in a four seat sand rail that carries adults and kids. This is not a safe solution.  Belts do not hit child in proper location, and the child could easily slide through the shoulder belts. If you have a small child (probably less than 3), it is probably best to figure out a way to strap your child's normal child seat in and use that.  We will look at solutions for children over about 40 lbs.

Sand rail - Small child in an adult seat with adult belts

The Solution #1 Booster Pad:


Crow Enterprises - Velcro Sternum Latch    PRP Seats - Booster Pad    PRP Seats - Booster Pad

Crow Enterprises makes a velcro sternum latch for their shoulder belts.  The latch helps keep the shoulder belts in their proper location so a child won't squeeze through the belts as easily.

PRP Seats and Beard make a simple booster pad that fits very nicely in the contoured seats.  It is 3" - 4" on the bottom and about 2" on the back.

Sand rail - Small child in an adult seat with booster pad and sternum latch

Although my five year old is still a bit small for this setup, he is much safer now with the pad and sternum latch.  And with the pad, it makes it much easier to pull the lap belt tight.

Solution #2 - Booster Seat:

PRP Booster Seats

PRP also makes booster seats that work well with a bench seat.


Recaro also makes a booster seat that fits well with a 4 or 5 point harness


Recarco booster seat in a sand rail

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