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Volvo Wants to Take Child Seat Safety to a Whole New Level With Excellence Child Seat Concept

Posted September 10, 2015 12:18 PM by Jordan Perch

Over the past couple of decades, Volvo has constantly been trying to ensure the best possible protection for vehicle occupants, introducing various innovations that have drastically improved vehicle safety. One of their most significant inventions was the integrated booster cushion, which made it possible for children sitting in a car's back seat to use the three-point seat belt - another major invention from Volvo - more effectively. Child safety has never stopped being the focus of Volvo's engineers, with their latest invention promising to take the child seat experience to the next level, significantly increasing comfort and adding a little bit of luxury to it.

Volvo recently unveiled the Excellence Child Seat Concept, which provides optimized ergonomics and comfort while allowing parents to have a clear sight of their children and their surroundings while traveling by car. It builds on the Lounge Console concept, which the car maker introduced at the Shanghai International Auto Show a couple of months ago, that is aimed at enhancing the riding experience in chauffeured vehicles. The Lounge Console replaces the passenger seat with a luxury footrest that offers various amenities for the rear passenger to enjoy, that include a 17-inch flat screen and a separate area for shoe storage.

With the Excellence Child Seat concept, the passenger seat is replaced by a platform with a child seat mounted on it, that can swivel toward the back seat and the door. This design allows the driver or the person sitting in the back seat to maintain eye contact with the baby while sitting in a rear-facing position, ensuring that the baby is secured in his/her seat. Putting the child in the car seat and taking them out of the vehicle is also easier with the swiveling chair, as it can be faced towards the passenger door.

What's more, the Excellence Child Seat provides storage for the necessities that parents have to bring along when traveling with a baby in the car.

"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. 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," said Tisha Johnson, Chief Designer Interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre.

At the moment, this car seat is just a concept and Volvo hasn't said anything about planning a production version, but it is a very intriguing idea that could revolutionize child passenger safety, as it addresses one of the biggest issues associated with the use of conventional car seats - the fact that they don't allow parents to monitor their kids and maintain eye contact with them while sitting in a rear-facing car seat.


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