Inflatable child seat makes light work of travel
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.
If 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.