2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Volvo Car Group’s dedication to protecting the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants. This groundbreaking work started with the world’s first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 – and the latest innovation is an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use.
Small children should travel in rearward facing child restraints for as long as possible, at least until they are three to four years old. Older children should use a booster cushion until they are 140 centimetres tall and at least ten years old. This is Volvo Cars' firm recommendation. The knowledge is based on real life accidents, together with advanced research at Volvo Cars' state-of-the-art c...
A child's neck is under development and not as strong as an adult's neck. Also the head is proportionally bigger than that of an adult. Children therefore need special restraints, facing the rear for as long as possible until at least three-four years of age. When travelling facing the rear the crash forces are spread over the back and head, which reduces the load on the neck in frontal impacts.
If a pregnant woman uses her safety belt correctly, the foetal injury risk is reduced significantly. This knowledge stems from Volvo Cars' research on car safety for unborn babies and their mothers. Volvo Cars has developed a virtual crash test dummy to simulate frontal impacts during pregnancy.
Volvo Cars’ design team have completely re-imagined how children could travel safely in cars in the future. The move follows the Shanghai reveal of the XC90 Excellence and the Lounge Console Concept, which marked a bold and luxurious step forward for the Swedish car brand.