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TAKING OFF

A new little person has entered the world. Into your life. It’s an exciting and magical experience for most – although the new routines can feel almost overwhelming at times. Therefore, it’s a good idea to plan well in advance for that first journey home.

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Seating & belting

Safety Science

Volvo solutions

SECURE AND STABLE

Right from the start, your baby needs to have his or her own baby seat – properly anchored, correctly fitted and facing the rear of the car. Depending on the type you start with, the baby may be anything between nine and eighteen months old before you need to move on to the next seat. When the baby has grown so its head reaches the top end of its seat or beyond (depending on whether the seat has a hood or not), the time has come to change to a bigger one.

HEAVY HEAD, WEAK NECK

The head of a newborn baby makes up half the total body weight. This oversized head – in combination with not fully developed neck vertebrae, muscles and ligaments – makes the baby’s neck a weak point. When forward-facing in a frontal impact, the body is restrained by the safety belt while the head moves forward and puts load on the neck. Depending on crash severity and size of the child, this load can be injurious. Therefore, a newborn baby should always be placed facing rearward in the car.

INFANT AND CHILD SEATS

Volvo Cars is one of the few car makers who designs baby and child seats, made for and tested in their own cars. We provide a range of restraints to meet the different needs of babies to 12 year olds. The Child Safety accessories presented here are appropriate for children of: Age: from birth to 9-12 months. Weight: up to 13 kg.

This rearward-facing seat acts as an extra safety cage and helps reduce the force of an impact.

A seat for the tiniest children weighing up to 13 kg. It can be fitted with the car’s belts or ISOFIX mountings.

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Keep in mind

All children must be properly restrained. Always.

Keep in mind

Remove bulky clothes so that the safety belt can be pulled tight, as close to the body as possible.

Make sure to remove warm clothes before belting the child in order to prevent overheating and subsequent dehydration.

Do not let the baby sit upright for too long, take frequent breaks and pick up the baby for a while or let it rest lying flat while the car is parked.

A child in a rearward-facing child seat is approximately 90% less likely to be injured in an accident compared to an unrestrained child.

Hard facts

Hard facts

Did you know?

Did you know?

Safety has always been the guiding principle behind everything we do at Volvo Cars.

Children must never be placed in the passenger seat if the airbag is active.

Small children should travel in rearward-facing child restraints for as long as possible, at least until they are three to four years old.

Volvo started researching child safety in the early 1960s. The first rearward-facing child restraint was launched in 1972.

Volvo Cars continues its child safety development as can be seen in the all-new Volvo V70 innovative integrated 2 stage booster cushion.

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VOLVO ACCESSORIES

Mirror

Helps you keep an eye on the child facing rearward in the back of the car.

Sunshield

Easily adjusted to keep the sun away.

Activity bag

With a built-in cupholder and several practical compartments.

Kick guard

With pockets for storing toys and other small items.

Play table

Available for the belt-secured, non-ISOFIX child safety seat (3-18 kg).

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Convertible child seat (9–25 kg)

Infant seat

The infant seat is designed for the smallest children, weighing up to 13 kg.

It is a comfortable and bolstered seat that is also easy to carry around.

You attach it the with the car’s safety belts in positions where there are no active airbags.

An additional ISOFIX base makes it possible to have an ISOFIX installation of the infant seat.

ISOFIX installation makes it easy to get the seat in and out of the car.

It also makes sure that the child seat is fitted in the right rear facing position.

In fact, it can only be mounted in the correct way since it uses the car’s integrated ISOFIX attachments.

An indicator on the ISOFIX base also confirms if the seat is secure.

The instinct to protect our children is deeply imbedded within us.

It's an instinct, born of love.

In a few minutes this car will travel at a speed of 40 mph (64 km/h)

straight into this solid barrier.

In the car will be two children

One child that is 18 months old, and one child that is 3 years old.

My personal motivation to study this subject, began when

my sister was pregnant and I began asking questions like

How effective is the seatbelt during pregnancy.

How should it be worn and what is the effect on the mother and baby in a crash

This 18 month old child will be a part of our crash test.

It is one of our crash test dummies that has been calibrated to make sure all the data is gathered correctly.

To answer some of these questions we built Linda.

Volvo's first computer model of a pregnant crash test dummy.

The expectation is that in the future

Linda will answer many questions like the one's I've raised.

The test was very successful.

Everything indicates that the children in the car are completely unharmed.

A rear facing child seat in a safe car is the safest way to travel.

Volvo has more than 35 000 accidents registered in its database

and except in one extreme case, no child has been killed in a rear facing safety seat.

But what we know right know is that it is imperative to wear the seatbelt

during pregnancy, at all times and to wear it correctly.

To wear the belt correctly, the torso belt needs to run in between the breasts

and to the side of the abdomen and the lap belt must be as low as possible under the belly,

sitting on the left and right pelvic bones.

Rear facing seats are the safest ones. Children should be facing backwards for as long as possible

at least until they are 3-4 years old

When the child gets too big

it is time to start using a front facing booster seat

The idea is that the seat belt should be fastened over the hips or thighs

rather than over the stomach, and the torso belt should be positioned over the shoulder to keep the child as safe as possible

But what's important to remember is that

it's not only us performing research that is going to safe lives

It's relaying the knowledge we gain from the research today

to parents and insuring that they utilize this knowledge to safe their children's lives

This is what will make a difference

With today's rigorous testing and careful designs

It's never been easier to take responsibility

KNOWLEDGE SAVES LIVES

HEAD-ON COLLISION AT 40 MPH (64 KM/H)

KNOWLEDGE SAFES LIVES

LOTTA: LOTTA JAKOBSSON, Ph.D. RESEARCH MANAGER, VOLVO CARS SAFETY CENTRE

HEAD-ON COLLISION AT 40 MPH (64 KM/H)

LAURA KVARNSTRAND

LOTTA JAKOBSSON, PH.D

SAFETY RESEARCH MANAGER VOLVO

BIOMECHANICS ENGINEER VOLVO