Volvo has created what appears to be the world’s first rearward facing inflatable child seat.
Technology borrowed from the military - a drop-stitched fabric that can be inflated to high pressures - has allowed Volvo to develop a child seat that is just as safe as the non-inflatable types currently on the market.
When needed and at the push of a button, a silent built-in pump inflates the seat in less than 40 seconds. Deflating is handled by the same pump.
When not in use, the inflatable child seat weighs five kilograms and will fold into a 50cm x 20cm package, enabling it to be easily carried or packed in a back-pack or suitcase.
The inflatable seat incorporates a five-point harness and is designed for children up to three years of age.
Australian child restraint laws require all children under the age of seven years to be restrained in a child restraint that meets Australian standards.
While there are exceptions to this law, such as when travelling in a taxi, the portability offered by Volvo’s inflatable seat technology stands to change the way families travel.