The Ultimate Guide To In Car Child Care From Volvo | Part Three

Volvo Rear-Facing Child Seat

Volvo Rear-Facing Child Seat

Simple Guidelines

During pregnancy, adjust the seat so you can reach the pedals comfortably with as much distance between your belly and the steering wheel as possible. Pull the lap belt over your thighs, buckle it in and pull tight. Make sure the lap belt does not run across the belly, but lies as flat as possible under the curve of the abdomen and sitting evenly on the left and right pelvic bones. Position the torso belt across your chest, between the breasts to the side of the belly and pull tight. Never tuck the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back - that can hurt both you and the baby.

A newborn baby should use a rearward facing infant seat. 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. Always deactivate the front passenger airbag if the child seat is positioned here.

An infant or toddler should be fastened in a rearward facing infant seat or a larger rearward facing child restraint until the child has outgrown the larger seat and is three-four years old. It does not matter if the child has to bend its legs or touches the backrest with its feet. Take regular breaks to let the child stretch and play. If the child is situated in a rear seat, fit an accessory mirror so that the child can see you, to reassure them and so that you can check on them easily and safely.

An older child who has outgrown the rear-facing seat but is shorter than 140cm and has not reached the age of 12, should use a booster cushion, which reduces the risk of injury to approximately 75% compared to being unrestrained.

Volvo’s Focus On Child Safety

“Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo therefore, is - and must remain - safety.” This was the statement made by Volvo founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, and Volvo has relentlessly advanced automotive safety standards ever since.

All Volvo models have ISOFIX attachments as standard and all Volvo saloon, estate and cross country models offer integrated booster seats. The new Volvo V70 and XC70 estate models feature Volvo’s latest innovation, a new dual stage integrated child booster seat, with two height positions ideal for growing families.

This child safety research would not have been possible without the company’s state-of-the-art crash test laboratory at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Sweden. Housing a 154-metre fixed track and a 108-metre movable test track, which can be combined to recreate collisions with different impacts, angles and speeds, the Safety Centre uses a supercomputer as well as state of the art high-speed film cameras and crash simulators. In addition to 400 full-scale crash tests, thousands of virtual crashes are carried out by the laboratory’s supercomputer each year.

Published 7 June 2007 Melanie Carter

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