Volvo reinvents the child car seat


Volvo inflatable car seat

Car seats for children are notorious for being bulky, heavy and difficult to mount. Volvo has attempted to fix these problems with an inflatable car seat that is as safe, if not more so, than a conventional one.

The seat is rear-facing for greater protection for smaller infants, and inflates in just 40 seconds with a system that Volvo claims is "silent and efficient". It's also constantly connected via Bluetooth, allowing the user to inflate the seat remotely, amongst other features.

You might worry about the seat bursting, but Volvo has used a unique 'drop-stitch' fabric, which was originally designed by the military in the creation of inflatable airplanes. The material can withstand a very high internal pressure and is frequently used in the boating industry.

The seat easily fits into an overnight bag and weighs 5kg, around half the weight of a conventional child car seat. Volvo hopes that the seat will be beneficial in situations such as public transport or if friends or family are looking after your child.

Designer, Lawrence Abele, said he had his two daughters in mind when he designed the seat and explained: "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."

Click play below to see Volvo's child car seat concept in action.

Rebecca Chaplin