Have you seen this inflatable car seat from Volvo? It’s a rearward facing, lightweight, and inflates (and deflates) in 40 seconds with a built-in electric pump. The designer, a father of two, had this to say about designing the concept seat (yes it’s still in concept stages and needs further testing before bringing it to market): “For me child safety is always the number one priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing. Our idea was to create a child seat concept that would be convenient for anyone to use anytime and for it to be compact to be able store it in small spaces. Children will find it more comfortable as the main structure is filled with air, which serves as a better and softer cushion than the traditional plastic molded child seats. It also has interchangeable inserts in a wide arrange of materials, which enables personalization.”
Volvo’s communication department continues: “The concept presents new opportunities, for example grandparents and friends who take care of your kids and need an ultra mobile child seat. It is also very convenient when travelling by taxi, rental car or bus, situations where you historically had to rely on the safety measures available. The Inflatable Child Seat Concept faces the rear of the car, as it is the safest way for children to travel. 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.”
Hurry up Volvo, and bring this to market ASAP! We need it!