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Three new child safety seats added to Volvo range
Volvo is encouraging safer use of child seats in cars with the release of three new seats offering greater comfort and safety.
Volvo is continuing its tradition of putting safety at the top of its agenda with the release of 3 child safety seats. The Swedish car maker was the first to put child safety seats through crash testing more than 50 years ago and has great depth of experience in their design.
In designing the new seats, Volvo has concentrated on both installation and usage as well as comfort and convenience for the child. According to Volvo’s Senior Technical Leader in Injury Prevention, Lotta Jakobsson, Adjunct Professor and PhD, many people find the safety of children in vehicles to be complicated and sometimes confusing.
“We have focused for many years on communicating clear guidelines around how child seats should be used and the correct way to install them,” she said.
As the child goes through its different stages of growth, so the challenge of retention and comfort also changes, as explained by Lotta Jakobsson, “Our focus is on ensuring that young children travel in the safest manner possible, depending upon their size and age. This means rearward-facing up to the age of at least 3 or 4 years and after that with child seats or booster cushions up to 140 cm in height.”
She went on to explain that the safety benefits are unquestionable although there are still a number of parents who unwittingly allow their children to sit forward-facing too early. “One of the many reasons quoted for this is comfort – the child complains that there is not enough legroom, or is too warm due to the upholstery,” she continued.
To address this issue, Volvo’s new child seats have been designed to be more breathable and comfortable with the upholstery being comfortable, durable and better-performing in both hot and cold climates. The seats also have a slimmer design aimed to increase legroom and overall comfort.
Lotta Jakobsson added that the new design should encourage parents to keep their children in the rear-facing position for longer and will improve overall safety.
Three different seat styles are available in the new range to suit children of different ages and sizes. The Infant seat is rear facing and suits children up to 13kg or 1 year old. This is followed by the Child seat, which is also rear facing and suits children aged from 9 months up to 6 years old. Volvo recommends that children should remain in this seat until they are at least 3-4 years old. The third seat in the lineup is the Booster Seat which is forward facing and are for children from between 3 and 10 years old depending on their size.
The new seats, developed with one of the world’s leading child seat makers, Britax-Römer, and tested at Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, will be available from the beginning of June in selected markets.
The new seat designs support Volvo’s “Vision 2020” in which nobody will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.