Volvo’s inflatable car seat breathes new life into child safety

Child car seats are essential for infant and toddler safety, but that doesn’t mean that parents are happy to use them. The seats are bulky and heavy, and they’re a pain to position correctly. But what if you could inflate a child seat once it was in position and then deflate it and stuff it into a bag when you’re finished? That could soon be a reality if Volvo’s new concept rear-facing child restraint makes it into production. The Swedish carmaker’s concept seat has a built-in pump that can inflate it in just 40 seconds, and deflated, the whole package is about 18 x 20 x 8 inches (45 x 50 x 20cm) — portable enough to fit into some luggage or a large bag. It weighs just over 11 pounds (5kg).

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