Volvo mark 50 years of child safety with inflatable car seat

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

To mark 50 years of dedication to child safety, Volvo is developing an inflatable car seat for children that looks to diminish any concerns of weight and convenience with existing products.

The seat is designed to face rearward and is still in its initial stages of development. Volvo says the inflatable seat can be deflated and tucked away in a bespoke bag when not in use, thus making it much easier to store and also transfer from car to car. It can even be taken aboard planes as carry-on luggage.

Not only is Volvo’s inflatable seat convenient for parents when travelling in numerous vehicles on a consistent basis, but it also boosts the all-important safety aspects as well as being able to withstand very high internal pressures.

Inflating the seat takes less than 40 seconds and is then deflated using an integrated pump. Those who want to be clever can also inflate the seat via remote control thanks to Bluetooth.

Volvo can be credited with creating the first ever child seat prototype in 1964, then launching it three years later; however, this seat was somewhat different to ones we can purchase today, with the innovation being a passenger seat that could be turned around in order to have a child facing rearward. It also had a padded backrest and straps to hold the child in place.

Following this revelation, Volvo then went on to develop the first ever portable rearward-facing child seat, the booster cushion and the first rearward-facing seat with ISOFIX fittings. Three-point seatbelts and side impact protection also come under Volvo’s vast list of car safety inventions.