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Volvo’s inflatable car seatBack

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Do you ever struggle with the arduous task of shifting children’s car seats from one car to another? Or worst still, having to cart your child’s car seat abroad just to ensure that they benefit from a safe ride? Well, thanks to Volvo, now you might not have to.

Volvo has just released its latest safety innovation, a inflatable rearward-facing car seat for children which aims to address the weight and inconvenience of existing products on the market.

It’s still in the development stages, but Volvo says that the rearward-facing car seat is capable of being deflated and tucked away in a bag (yes, you did read that correctly) when not in use. This makes it easy to transfer and store when required and, when folded away, the seat can also fit as carry-on luggage on an aircraft.

Volvo go on to state how the seat is also very convenient for parents who travel by taxi or hire car. It is built using a drop-stitch fabric common in the boating industry enabling it to withstand very high internal pressures.

Lawrence Abele, the designer behind the new seat, 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, travelling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing.”

So, how does it work? Well, the seat can actually fully inflate in less than 40 seconds, and can then be deflated with the use of an integrated pump. It weighs less than 5kg and can even be inflated by remote control thanks to Bluetooth integration.

The seat design concept has been unveiled to mark Volvo’s “50 years of dedication to child safety”. Fifty years ago in 1964, the company developed the very first child seat prototype, and three years later launched the first child seat.

The seat consisted of a passenger seat that could be turned around so that the child was rearward facing. There was also a padded backrest and straps to hold the child in place. Since then, Volvo has gone on to develop the first rearward-facing child seat, the booster cushion and the first rearward-facing seat with ISOFIX fittings.

Why not tell us what you think about the latest innovation from Volvo below.

Posted by Leana Kell on 16/04/2014