An inflatable child-friendly car seat? Sounds like a dream come true. This car seat from Volvo is revolutionary in every ramification. It is a lightweight, rearward seat that inflates and deflates within 40 seconds — all thanks to its built-in electric pump. The brain behind this groundbreaking invention, a proud father of two, spoke passionately and extensively about the concept of the design (the seat is still a “concept” and needs further testing before it is launched into the automobile market). He said:
“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.”
We’ve got to admit that the inspiration and motive behind the innovation is impressive. No parent deserves the torture of lugging bulky child car seats that guarantees minimal safety. So yes, this is a welcome development. To shed more light on the life-saving inflatable car seat, Volvo’s communication department had this to say:
“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.”
What’s not to love about this inflatable child car seat! Volvo scored big on this one and we absolutely cannot wait to have it on the market. So, Volvo, speed up the process ASAP because we need it!
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