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Hip Spica Car Seats

hip spica car seat

We have two options to help families who need a specially adapted car seat – for a child in a hip spica.

Firstly, through our approved provider, the In-Car Safety Centre, you can purchase a seat for £220.  This has been specially adapted and tested to be safe for toddlers in hip spica.

More details from the In Car Safety Centre – email:; visit their website In Car Safety Centre
or telephone: Milton Keynes: 01908 220909 / Belfast: 028 9074 2052 / Essex: 01702 808313

Secondly, Steps are very pleased that Maxi-Cosi (part of the Dorel group) have adapted their Opal car seat for children in a hip spica cast.  Called the Opal HD, this seat is available on loan in the UK from Dorel from 1st May 2014.  Working together with Dorel, Steps are very pleased to share the information about their loan scheme for parents who need a seat while their child is in hip spica.

Please see details below of their Happy Hips service: 

  • The service has a fixed rental fee of £120, paid in advance, once all relevant paperwork has been completed
  • The seat is supplied through a door to door courier service, generally within three days of all Admin paperwork being completed and following the payment being made.
  • We charge a rental fee of £10 for each month or part of month that the seat is used up to and including the date at which our courier collects it ready for return back to us
  • Once the seat is returned and undergone our inspection process, we will return the initial rental fee of £120 less the appropriate rental charge. For instance, the average period of use for these seats is 5 months, therefore £120 less £50 would mean we re-pay £70 to the user.

Happy Hips customer care team are available from 8.30am until 5.30pm from Monday to Friday on 01284 413141 and their email address is or for more info please visit 


Help with Car Seat Purchase or Hire

In 2007, Steps set up an equipment fund in memory of Claire Furmedge, who was sadly killed in an inflatable art structure at a park in County Durham. Claire was a dedicated supporter for Steps over many years, as her daughter was diagnosed with a hip condition as a baby. The fund provides a valuable grant towards purchasing a car seat. Without this support some families would struggle to afford what is an essential piece of equipment.  More details here. Car Seat Grants 

As part of our Claire Furmedge Grant Scheme, Steps will consider applications towards the purchase or hire of car seats.  For a limited number we can offer a maximum grant of £220 towards a hip spica car seat from the In Car Safety Centre. The grant covers the full price of the car seat. To apply for this grant please complete the application form

To apply for this grant please request an application form from our helpline on 01925 750 271 or emailing