Houdini 22 Harness

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Houdini 22 Harness

Separate body harness and seat fixing strap

Vehicle positioning harness for children and adults with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, Asperger’s disorder, developmental delay or other challenging behavioural needs where the person has problems with attention and safety. Providing safer travel and management of these loved ones when travelling in the car or other means of transport.

Alternatively, this harness can also be used to offer postural support and assist in seating the occupant in an upright sitting position for persons with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy (CP) and other significant physical disabilities or complex needs where extra support and positioning is required during travel.

The body harness is worn before entering the vehicle. It is fitted with a waist belt and chest strap which fasten behind the passenger's back with side-release buckles.

This harness will fit both single and bench seats. Suitable for bus, plane and taxi travel and children in Hip Spicas!

Access is required where the seat back joins the seat cushion as a ‘gap’ is necessary to pass the vertical fixing strap through from the front to the rear of the seat back.

This vehicle harness is classed as a low risk medical device and carries the CE mark and complies with the requirements of MDD 93/42 EEC. Please note that this vehicle harness is not classed as safety harness but as a medical device for postural support. To comply with safety regulations, the vehicle safety belt must always be worn over the top of the harness. The combination of the existing vehicle safety belt and the secondary harness offers added security for the passenger.

It is advisable to carry out a safety and risk assessment to first consider the problems involved and what the situation would be if the passenger is not wearing a special needs harness. Could they be in danger to themselves and to other passengers in the vehicle or even other drivers on the road if they are not safely seated during travel?

A safety webbing slicer is included with every vehicle harness and must be kept in the vehicle as a safety precaution.
 

Checklist:

  • Fast and simple harnes to use
  • 2-piece harness: torso section and seat strap (makes overall handling of individual easy)
  • Torso section can be put on individual while they are distracted in the home, classroom or care centre before walking to vehicle
  • When walking to vehicle, the carer can hold the straps of the torso section for better management
  • Can be used on single and bench seats
  • Can be used with booster 'seat raiser' cushions
  • Suitable for bus, plane and taxi transport. (always get signed approval prior to plane travel)
  • Gap is required between seat and backrest for strap to pass through

Need assistance with comparing vehicle harnesses? View the Houdini Harness Selection Guide

Accessories

  • Houdini Harness Cross Strap

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    Houdini Harness Cross Strap

    A Cross strap can be fitted to this harness to hold the shoulder straps together and prevent them from slipping off. 

    ! WARNING: May Present Hazard

    The Harness Cross Strap should only be used if required to prevent shoulder straps falling down, or as a restraint mechanism when a user is escaping from their harness.

    Potential risk of injury increases due to the device’s proximity to the neck area.

    Please ensure that the cross strap is located far enough down to be safe for the user.

    Cross Straps must not be used on Harnesses with Chest Pads as the Cross Strap would be too near to the neck.

    Side-Release Buckle 4604-3112-019
    Anti-Escape Buckle 4604-3004-026
    Pen/Key Release Buckle 4604-3004-025

     

    Side-Release: 4604-3112-019, Anti-Escape: 4604-3004-026, Pen/Key Release: 4604-3004-025
  • Houdini Harness Anti-Escape Buckle

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    Houdini Harness Anti-Escape Buckle

    Steel anti-escape buckles can be installed to prevent children with inquisitive fingers, challenging behaviour or learning difficulties escaping from the carseat or harness during travel. These unique buckles have proven very successful as they operate in reverse to a normal buckle. 

    To disengage, you raise the spring-loaded catch, and then tension the belt before it will release. (It will not press release)

  • Houdini Harness Pen-Release Buckle Upgrade

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    Houdini Harness Pen-Release Buckle Upgrade

    Pen/Key release buckle upgrade to harness, with Safety webbing slicer and retractable prodding device for buckle release. 

    Code Model Description
    4604-1305-031 Model 13 Upgrade on 2 waist band buckles and neck strap (total 3 buckles)
    4604-2215-031 Model 22 Upgrade on crotch strap, upper neck strap and 2 waist band buckles (total 4 buckles)
    4604-2222-031 Model 22 Extra fixing strap upgrade for when Model 22 is upgraded
    4604-2805-031 Model 27 or 28 Upgrade on waist belt
    4604-3105-031 Model 31 Upgrade on two waist buckles (total of 2 buckles) and includes release tool.

     

    4604-1305-031, 4604-2215-031, 4604-2222-031, 4604-2805-031, 4604-3105-031

Specifications

Code Size Age Group
#4604-2211-017 22C Paediatric
#4604-2212-017 22D 7 years to Adult
 

For consideration once child is of an appropriate height and weight to progress from a full booster into a half booster, usually around 6 or 7 years of age. If unsure please contact one of our product consultants. 

Washing instructions 
  • Hand wash only - in warm water up to 70/80 degrees.
  • Use mild detergent/anti-bacterial liquid wash.
  • Mild disinfectant can be used. 
  • Do not use bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
Warranty: 

12 months

FAQ

Is this harness vehicle safety approved?

Please note that this vehicle harness is not classed as safety harness but as a medical device for postural support. It must be worn in conjunction with the vehicle safety belt. It is classed as a Disabled Persons Restraints for postural support and as a low risk medical device it carries the CE mark and complies with the requirements of MDD 93/42 EEC.

Does this harness require a vehicle tether point?

No. This harness does not require any tethering; it is not a safety harness. It is simply attached to the vehicle seat with the securing straps.

If I can't pass the strap between the seat and the backrest, what can I do?

This can be common. Most vehicles have a carpet flap at the rear which prevents the straps coming vertically around the seat. In virtually all cases the carpet can be cut with a pair of scissors or a knife to provide access through.

How do I Care for my Harness when it needs washing?

  • Harnesses must be cleaned by Hand washing only, in warm water up to 70 or 80 degrees.
  • Use a mild detergent/anti-bacterial liquid wash.
  • Mild disinfectant can be used.
  • Do not use Bleach or Tumble Dry your harness.

Testimonials

“I just wanted to let you know that the car harness has been a great success with my client and  it has made an enormous difference to his quality of life and especially his ability to get out of the house and back to school this term.”

Occupational Therapist, NSW Australia

 

The Houdini 22 is working really well for this active client. What the family really loves about it is, it only has 2 buckles when attaching him into the car. 

This child gets agitated if it takes too long to transfer him in or out of the car, and this harness is really quick to use. 

We put the torso section of the harness on him inside the house (where he can't run away) and then hold on to the harness while walking him out to the car and just click it in. We love this as it is really easy to use.

When he gets to school, he is always in a hurry - we just unclick it and he runs into the classroom and the teacher takes the harness off!

Occupational Therapist, Wanganui NZ