The idea of the Stayput Safety Belt Security System had its beginning a number of years ago, and in concept form it was entered into the World Inventions Expo 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland and won the highest award (Gold medal) from 72 judges. Since then extensive development, prototyping and exhaustive testing have brought us to this polished product that ticks all the boxes.



 Inventors - David O'Brien and Ken Dibble


Why was the Stayput Safety Belt Security System created?

To facilitate safe transportation of people with disability who display behaviours of concern, in the least restrictive way. 

The Stayput Safety Belt Security System takes over from the current plastic buckle guards/covers by addressing all ease and safety issues recognised by the industry.



Who was the Stayput Safety Belt Security System created for?

  1. Service Providers in the Disability, Aged Care and Education sectors offering Behaviour Support, Accommodation/Tenancy and Assist-travel/Transport services to individuals who display behaviours of concern during transport. 
  2. Parents and Carers of people with disability who display behaviours of concern during transport in family vehicles. 
  3. Parents of children who are in the training phase of keeping their seat belts secured while the vehicle is in motion.

Current problems with habitual release of seatbelts


Carer’s of children with an intellectual disability, autism and behavioural challenges report a range of challenges associated with motor vehicle travel. For example, children with autism may attempt to escape from the vehicle, exhibit distracting behaviour, engage in physical fighting with siblings, and may physically interfere with the driver. This range of behaviour usually involves the child releasing, or partially releasing, themselves from the child restraint.

In addition to the risks to the driver and passengers from driver distraction, research† also shows that it is safer for front seat passengers if all rear passengers are restrained in the event of a crash. The research notes that the wearing of seatbelts by ‘rear seat passengers is effective for reducing not only their own injury severity but also the injury severity of front occupants who sit in front of rear seat passengers.’ It is necessary to implement a range of short and long term strategies to support safe travel for the child, driver and other passengers in a motor vehicle. To provide longer term solutions, the range of factors impacting on the child’s behaviour during travel require regular assessment, management and review.

For example, assessing a child’s restraint requires a comprehensive understanding of the factors contributing to the habitual releasing/escaping behaviour. For some children this may be related to sensory sensitivity to touch, for others it may reflect anxiety about the destination, travel route or the vehicle itself.


(Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4370:2013)

The Stayput Solution


Stayput provides a safe-secure-solution to the habitual release of seatbelts during motor vehicle travel with its innovative Stayput Safety Belt Security System. All Stayput seat belt assemblies comply with AS/NZ 2596 certification and operate as a standard seat belt in its deactivated state.


Authorised Drivers/Carers can prevent unbuckling of up to 3 seat belts via a dash-mounted control unit.  This is done by exception depending on an individuals presenting behaviour to ensure seat belts are worn whilst a vehicle is moving, or stationary but not parked as required by Law. A key prevents unauthorised use.


Occupants can release their seat belt if:

  • Vehicle is switched off (ie: Parked) OR
  • Control unit key is not available, OR
  • Security feature is not activated, OR
  • In an accident, as detected by a crash sensor.

Restrictive practices


Stayput endorses the 'National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector' and future reform in Aged Care and Education.  We promote best practice to reduce/eliminate restrictive practice and minimise the potential of abuse or neglect when transporting people who display behaviours of concern.


How does this reduce/eliminate restrictive practice?


The system includes standard seat belts with integrated security that authorised Driver/Carers activate by exception to ensure they are worn when a vehicle is moving, or stationary but not parked. It does this by temporarily preventing the seat belt release button from being pressed down when passengers are required by law to wear seat belts.  At all other times, seat belts can be released. 


Use of the Security feature can be limited/monitored

  • A key prevents unauthorised use.   
  • Behaviour support plans can define appropriate and intermittent use. E.g. Only use during times of increased anxiety known to lead to behaviours of concern; deactivate when calm is restored. 
  • Fade-out strategies are easily supported. 


National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating Restrictive Practices in the Disability Sector

NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework

Aged care sector restrictive practices reform


  • Australian owned

  • Australian designed and manufactured to ISO9001 standards

  • Australian Patent 2012350346
  • Seat belt assembly has AS2596 Certification status

  • “International Gold Award product” at Int’l Exhibition of Inventions Geneva 2008; Highest award in Safety, fire and rescue