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Houdini Stop Clip

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The Houdini stop is a strap which goes between the two shoulder straps and stops the child climbing out. It wouldn't however stop a child unclipping the latch. The Houdini stop is NOT illegal in the UK. There was obvious concern that car seats are designed to be opened with one red button. Obviously the Houdini is an extra clip to the one red button release however the ambulance service have said that in the case of an accident where evacuation needs to be speedy, they will simply cut with scissors through the car seat straps & the Houdini. Far superior than having a collision where the childs upper body is unrestrained. I spoke personally to the ambulance service about it. To be serious, I don’t really have a solution for you but must stress that, difficult as it is at the time, you must try to ignore the fact that your ‘little darling’ has escaped again and not be distracted until you have pulled up safely. This is especially so if you are on the motorway, where the most dangerous place is the hard-shoulder.

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When my nephew did this we just pulled over wherever we were going and said that we'd go home if he undid his straps again, and that worked really well.The Houdini Stop Chest Strap is a device which prevents your child from taking their arms out of their car seat straps. It consists of two simple clips joined by a length of material. The clips connect to each of the 2 car seat straps and hold them closer together preventing your child from wriggling out. I will keep telling him to stop, but in the mean time need to find a car seat that he can't let himself out of when I'm doing 70 on a motorway.

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At this age he should be in a rearfacing car seat with a 5 point harness. If done up properly, a child can't escape from this (waiting for people to tell me otherwise Just realised that the Houdini strap is actually illegal in Europe at the moment, so scrap that idea. I sympathise greatly with all who experience this ‘problem’. I find it amazing that the ‘experts’ have not so far devised a solution that actually works and does not cost the earth. Has anyone thought about using one of those animal cages? – Joke!I had a Janet one (I think that's what it's called) but he reached down and loosened those straps from about 18 months. Our problem wasn't her undoing the catch though, she just squished her arms out of the shouldr straps & then climbed out (once while I was doing 70 on the M1) My son used to escape from his car seat too, and I'd never heard of a Houdini strap, very good idea, would have saved some stress.

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