Volvo Excellence Child Seat Concept Introduced
Volvo Cars is a company that’s well known for safety innovations. If a remainder is necessary, those guys invented a three-point seat belt and gave the patent for free to all the other automakers. This time, they came with a futuristic idea of child safety. The Volvo Excellence Child Seat Concept is just a mock-up of future possibilities, but it’s very nice to see that they are thinking in this direction.
The new child seating concept uses the Volvo XC90 Excellence Lounge Console Concept. In fact, they came on the idea in conversation with Li Shufu, Volvo Cars’ owner, when they considered the best ways to use the space left behind the removed front passenger seat.
“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.
The automaker insists on rearward child facing “at least up to the age of 3 or 4”. This is because children don’t have necessary neck muscular strength as adults do. Until they reach the phase when their muscular strength is proportionate to the body and head, they must be faced rearwards in order to prevent injuries.
The Volvo Excellence Child Seat Concept is a very elegant, stylish and futuristic idea. The seat counter is used as a storage compartment for all the necessary things that must be near a baby (diapers, blankets, etc.), while smaller items can be placed next to the seat. Also there’s additional space under the dashboard. The seat counter rotates counter-clockwise so the little passenger can be comfortably placed in the seat. After that, it locks in a rearward-facing position and the journey can begin.
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