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Houdini 13 Harness

Houdini 13 Harness

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For information contact AT Aust on 1300 452 679

Short Description

A vehicle positioning harness suitable for children and adults with special needs such as developmental delay or other challenging behavioural needs. It can assist in providing safer travel and management when travelling in the car or other means of transport. Suitable for use on a single seat only. Can be fitted on wheelchairs and some easy chairs.

Additional Info

More Details

* Designed to restrain the child or adult during transport when seated in a single seat or high backed double seats where the back rest is split to the seat level

* To fit the harness easy access is required all the way round the seat back and underneath the base of the seat cushion

* The 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 where extra support and positioning is required during travel

* 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?

* Supplier strongly recommend that a safety webbing slicer is purchased with every vehicle harness and kept in the vehicle as a safety precaution.

* 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.

Method Of Use

* Only suitable for single backrest seats eg: front seat or rear 'split-backrest' seat styles
All 3 buckles are behind the individual where they cannot reach them
When putting the harness on, the carer is behind the individual
Good access must be available for carer to sit behind seat whilst putting the harness on
Can be used on wheelchairs and other seating systems
Gap is required between seat and backrest for strap to be passed through


* It may be helpful to refer to the following Australian Standards to assist in deciding the safest way to transport a child with a disability.
The two Australian Standards covering car restraints are:
(1). AS/NZS 1754:2004 Child Restraint System for Use in Motor Vehicles,
which covers:
- all standard car seats and capsules,
- and harnesses with user mass up to 32 kg.
(2). AS/NZS 4370:1996 Restraint of Children with Disabilities in Motor
Vehicles, which covers:
- recommendations for prescribers,
- situations that require modification,
- and custom modifications to cater for special needs.

* While most child car restraints comply with AS/NZS 1754:2004, when outside the scope of this standard it will be necessary to follow the recommendation of AS/NZS 4370:1996. Therefore a medical certificate or medical prescription is needed specifying that the user with disabilities requires alternative seating other than an approved car restraint. A copy of the current medical certificate should also be carried in the vehicle when using the restraint. It is recommended that the same procedure for adults with special needs.

Wheelchair Restraints
When transporting a person in a wheelchair in a car or van, both the occupant and the wheelchair require an RMS (formerly RTA) approved restraint system. The wheelchair and the occupant need to be separately secured to the vehicle itself.
RMS approval is not required for a postural support, such as a harness, that supports the user in the wheelchair but is not part of the vehicle restraint system.
The use of a headrest is not legally required but strongly recommended. Easily detachable, folding headrests which fit a wheelchair with standard push handles are available. Refer to section Wheelchair, Scooter, Cushions, ramps / Postural Supports - Seating System: Restraint+ Head+Back+Seats

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.

Place Of Manufacture


Models And Options


Five models available (check separate items):
* Houdini 13 Harness
* Houdini 22 Harness
* Houdini 27 Harness
* Houdini 28 Harness
* Houdini 31 7-Point Harness


Model 13 is available in two sizes:
* Up to 6 years
* 7 years to Adult

* Anti-Escape Buckle
* Pen-Popper Buckle Upgrade


Specification Standard
Depth Unknown
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Setup And Maintenance


1. Place the PVC chest pad against the patient?s chest
2. Pass both horizontal fixing straps around the patient and fasten straps behind the seat back. The lower strap at waist level and the top strap at chest level to hold the patient securely in an upright sitting position
3. Pass the shoulder straps over the patient?s head and shoulders so that the press button part of the buckle is hanging down behind the seat back
The shoulder straps can be adjusted in length so that the vehicle buckle can be positioned well away from their head and out of sight and out of reach of the passenger
4. Pass the understrap between the patient?s knees, down underneath the seat base and up behind the seat back to connect to the press button half of the shoulder strap buckle
5 Adjust all straps to fit securely yet comfortably


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



Some assistive technology needs to meet Australian or other standards. Standards may relate to materials, manufacturing and installation. Products that meet Australian or international standards will have written certification. To find out if a product meets Australian Standards ask the supplier to show you the certificate. For more information about standards also see

Many of the items on the Assistive Technology Australia website are categorised as a Medical Device. Medical devices that are approved for use in Australia have been entered into a national database called the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), which is maintained by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). You can ask the supplier for the ARTG number for the device you wish to purchase and search the ARTG for the entry. To access information on the ARTG visit

When buying a medical device it is advisable to only choose a medical device that is recommended by a healthcare professional and has been included on the ARTG.

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Houdini 13 Harness


Active Rehab (VIC)
78 Beischer St
VIC 3550
Sales: 03 5441 8966
Fax: 03 5442 8375
Astris PME (ACT - Queanbeyan East)
3 Dominion Place
Queanbeyan East
NSW 2620
Sales: 1300 131 884
Astris PME (NSW - Seven Hills) Head Office
30 Prime Drive (Head Office)
Seven Hills
NSW 2147
Sales: 1300 131 884
Fax: 1300 884 010
Astris PME (NSW - Young)
5 McVeigh St
NSW 2594
Sales: 1300 131 884
Fax: 02 6380 1050 / 1300 884 010
Astris PME (VIC - Truganina)
3 Carmen Street
VIC 3029
Sales: 1300 131 884
Special Needs Solutions
Unit 4
15 Industrial Ave
QLD 4214
Sales: 07 5597 4321


Whilst all care is taken to provide accurate information with respect to the item described, the Independent Living Centre New South Wales (ILCNSW), operating as Assistive Technology Australia, is not involved in product design or manufacture, and therefore not in a position to guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. Selection of equipment, which is both suitable and appropriate for individual needs remains the responsibility of the person(s) considering requisition, and no responsibility is taken by the ILCNSW (Assistive Technology Australia) for any loss or injury caused through use of the equipment or alleged to have arisen through reliance upon information provided. As information is subject to change any enquiries should be directed to the manufacturer.