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Inflatable child seat makes light work of travel

Inflatable child seat makes light work of travel Volvo-inflatable-childseat
Tristan Honeywill

Child safety seats can be awkward to transport and install – particularly rearward facing seats. With that in mind, Volvo has designed a lightweight, inflatable rearward facing child seat. It’s just a concept at this stage, but it promises to make it easier for families to pack and carry this essential piece of safety equipment.

Volvo-inflatable-childseat_infoIf you’ve ever had the stress of dragging a child seat through an airport and trying to fit it into a strange taxi – or felt guilty because you didn’t bother – you’ll want Volvo to put this into production. It makes it a lot easier to carry a spare for friends’ children or for grandparents to keep one just in case as well.

The seat has a pump system that enables it to inflate in less than 40 seconds and to deflate when not in use. The total weight of the seat less than 5kg – around half that of normal seats. Volvo says it should fit into a weekend bag.

The seat faces rearward because it’s the safest way to travel, says Volvo. A child’s neck is under development and not as strong as an adult’s neck. In a frontal impact collision, the head of a forward-facing car occupant is thrown forward inducing great stain on the neck. Children therefore need special restraints and to face the rear of the vehicle until at least 3-4 years of age.

Volvo, this is an awesome idea. Please make it happen – we like.

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