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Volvo makes inflatable car seat

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Friday, May 2, 2014
Posted: 4 pm ET

Forget about the heavy, cumbersome car seats that are hard to install. Volvo Cars has developed an inflatable car seat that doesn't compromise safety.

The car seat inflates in less than 40 seconds using a pump that is connected via Bluetooth for remote operation. It weighs less than 11 pounds and easily deflates with the integrated pump. It is designed to face the rear of the car, the direction younger children travel to protect their neck in case of a frontal impact collision. It uses a special fabric originally developed by the military and currently used in the boating industry that is very strong when inflated.

The seat was designed by Lawrence Abele, design manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles, after spending years dragging car seats through airports and into taxis with his two children.

Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat is a concept design. Currently there are no plans for production.

Is your child's car seat installed correctly? Read the five most common car-seat mistakes.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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