Inflatable car seat making travel safer for kids

The safety of their child is always the top priority of every parent. Specially during travel when the sensitive and still developing body of a child is more vulnerable to any impact. To avoid any such mishap, parents use the child car seats, even if they are heavy, cumbersome and difficult to position inside the car properly. It is a  painful but necessary process, that every parent has to go through everyday.

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Volvo is set to solve this problem with its new  inflatable car seat that can fit into a small bag. Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept seat: “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.”

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These seats can be carried around in a bag and brought to use with just a click of a button through a built-in pump that can inflate or deflate it in mere 40 seconds. The seat is made from drop stitch fabric which gives it the strength to handle high internal pressure when inflated. This is the fabric that is used in inflatable rafts and was originally developed by the military in an effort to develop inflatable airplanes. The seat is designed to be rear-facing, i.e it faces the rear of the car, as it is the safest way for children to travel. 

It is said to be light, but you will have to lug around the 5 kg bag along with the baby’s necessities. Check out their video on YouTube here.

Do share your views on this innovation.


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