Volvo Launches Three New Child RestraintsPosted on April 16th, 2009
Infant, convertible and booster seats protect children from birth to age ten
Volvo is taking child safety beyond the automobile with three new seats, developed in conjunction with Britax Romer. A rear-facing infant seat protects newborns up to about a year: a handle makes it easy to carry to and from the car. A convertible seat allows children to face rearward or forward, and is comfortable for the child to sit or sleep in. The booster seat fits children between ages four and ten: it ensures correct positioning of the car’s safety belts over the child’s thighs and shoulder.
“With our new rearward facing child restraints, children can travel rearward for far longer than before, something that may save many lives,” says Jessika Andreasson, product manager at Volvo. Volvo recommends that children travel facing rearward as long as possible, preferably up to age four or more.
At this age, the child’s neck is still growing and the head is proportionately larger than an adult’s. If the child is facing rearward, collision forces from a frontal impact spread across the back and the head, reducing the load on the neck.
The booster seat protects an older child’s underdeveloped hips and the abdomen by positioning the belt correctly across the thigh. All three of the safety seats have undergone thorough evaluation, including crash testing. All of the fabrics are allergy free: the covers are removable and machine washable.
Volvo will sell the new child seats at its dealerships in Europe and Asia, beginning this summer. No word yet as to when or if the automaker will bring its child safety seats to the United States.
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