When you ask a parent what the most important thing in their life is, 99% of the time they are going to respond with their child/children. Kids are the most important thing to mothers and fathers, and ensuring their safety is extremely important. And for the last 50 years, Volvo has done everything that they can to provide child safety in their vehicles.
It all started in 1964 when Volvo helped to created the first ever child seat prototype alongside Bertil Aldman. The testing for the child safety seat was done in the Volvo PV544.
Several years later, Volvo introduced the idea of a revisable front passenger seat with special child backrest. With added padding with straps that held the rear facing child in place, this accessory was sold as a solution with the Volvo Amazon.
In 1972, Volvo designed their first rear-facing child seat. This child safety seat supported the neck, and helped to spread the impact of a crash over a larger area to reduce damage.
Volvo introduced the world’s first car booster cushion in 1976. Research from Volvo showed that the booster seat reduced a child’s risk of being in injured in an accident by 75 percent. In 1990, Volvo took this concept a step farther and introduced the world’s first integrated booster seat in the Volvo 960.
In 1999 Volvo showed the world the first ever rear-facing seat for ISOFIX. This was actually a dual rear-facing seat, designed for one infant and one toddler to fit perfectly in the ISOFIX frame.
The two-stage integrated booster cushion was introduced to the world in 2007 in the Volvo V70. This was the first time that a child safety seat could be adjusted based on the child’s height, which allowed for a better safety belt fit.
And earlier this week, Volvo introduced the Inflatable Child Safety Seat Concept. While it is still in the development stage, this concept is easily transferable between cars, and fits in carry-on luggage when flying.
Volvo has been very proactive when it comes to child safety. And that is why for the last 50 years so many people have trusted Volvo with their children’s safety.