Is this the car seat of the future?

ALL parents know how much of a headache it can be bringing the baby for a drive, so to make travel less of a chore Volvo have swapped the front passenger seat in favor of a child’s car seat.

The Excellent Child Seat Concept may just be the biggest revolution in child car travel since the car seat was invented, with parents given access to a swiveling chair that allows the child to be locked rear facing for travel.

The company unveiled the redesigned seat in its XC90 SUV concept car on July 2 in Shanghai.


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“We started by asking ourselves if we could make life easier for parents and safer for their children when it comes to the child seat experience,” said Tisha Johnson, Chief Designer Interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre said.

“We focused on three key benefits — making it easier to get the child into and out of the child seat from an ergonomic and comfort perspective, providing the child with a safe rearward facing seating position that enables it to keep eye-contact with either the driver or the rear passenger and of course including enough storage for those vital child accessories, such as diapers, bottles, wipes, and so on.”

Whether this concept will make it to Australian shores is still to be seen, with the design meaning a review into Australian car seat laws, which make it illegal for children to sit in the front of the vehicle.

 

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