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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.  They are loaned on a 6 month basis with a deposit.  NB The 6 month loan period can be extended if supported by medical evidence.

  This is how the scheme works:

If you currently own a Maxi Cosi seat (receipt required) you can borrow the Opal HD car seat  (suitable for children up to 18kg including the hip spica) for 6 months by paying £100 (a fully returnable deposit) this means there is no cost to you.


If you do not own a Maxi Cosi seat already you can still borrow the Opal HD for 6 months by paying £100 (£50 cost and £50 returnable deposit) The overall cost to you is just £50.

How does the scheme work?

1.       Visit Maxi Cosi to complete a contact form or call them on 01284 413141

2.       Dorel will contact you to arrange payment (and subsequent delivery)

Please note that there is a limited supply of Opal HD seats which will be loaned on a first come first served basis.  Dorel are investing in more seats.

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 £110 towards a hip spica car seat from the In Car Safety Centre. The full price cost of a car seat (before grant given) is £220. The car seat can be hired for the same price, although £75 is refundable if hired for 6 months (grant will still apply). The grant cannot be given if you have already purchased your car seat.

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

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