Press release October 2020

Volvo Cars Commitment to Family Safety

Since 1927, Volvo Cars has created world-changing innovations with safety at the core of the company’s commitment. From the modern safety belt and side impact protection system, to a pedestrian detection system, Volvo Cars is the leader in the field. At the forefront of child safety research and innovation, Volvo Cars began developing child safety solutions in the 1960s, creating and carrying out testing based on real life traffic situations, as well as testing the company’s child seats. All this research enables Volvo Cars to monitor how child seats react in real-life car environments, which results in Volvo Cars’ clear set of recommendations for how children can travel as safely as possible in a car.

Rear Facing Car Seats

Volvo’s data shows rear facing baby seats are the safest position for children. Volvo Cars strongly recommends that children travel rearward facing as long as possible, and up to 3-4 years old at the very minimum. And, that all children up to 140 cm in height, always use a child restraint when sitting in the front or the rear seat of the car. “Children up to four need to travel rear-ward-facing in cars, simply because their neck is too weak to support the head. So you need to protect them”, says Dr Lotta Jackobsson, world-leading child traffic safety expert, PhD Traffic Safety, MSc in Mechanics, Senior Technical Specialist in Injury Prevention at Volvo Cars and technical specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Centre. Volvo Cars think about how kids are designed, and not just cars. Childrens’ necks are a weak point because they are still developing, and they are not up to taking an impact like an adult neck. A child’s head is heavy in comparison to the rest of its body, as the vertebrae, the bones of the neck, are still growing.

Car Seats

Many parents are unsure when to change their child from a baby car seat into a rear-facing child safety seat and then into a booster seat. Volvo Cars has put together some recommendations to help parents transition their children as they grow

  • Baby car seat: 0–9 months old or until the child can sit steadily. Weights up to 13kg
  • Rear-facing child safety seat: around 7 months to 4 years old, or until the child’s head reaches the edge of the child safety seat. Weights from 9kg to 25kg
  • Booster seat / booster cushion: 4 to 10–12 years old, or until the child is taller than 135cm. Weights from 15kg to 36kg.
  • Child restraints are highly effective in reducing injury and death to child occupants. The use of these child restraints can lead to at least a 60% reduction in deaths (WHO). Ireland is one of the 84 countries who have a national child restraint law, according to the World Health Organisation. Every Volvo car is fitted with safety belts and can be fitted with car seats for children of all sizes. Volvo Cars want children to be as safe and comfortable as possible, and one way to ensure this is by fitting the right child seats. So, to help customers choose the perfect child seats to suit their children, Volvo Cars even created the Volvo Child Seat Configurator!

    Safety Tips

    Volvo Cars has given its top 5 safety tips for children travelling in cars to make the journey just that little bit easier.

    1. Always secure your children in child safety restraints

    2. Use child seats that are appropriate for your children’s size and age

    3. Children are safer when seated in the rear seats

    4. Seat your children rear-facing for as long as possible

    5. Buckle up! Children who have outgrown booster seats must use the car’s safety belts – utilise the height adjustment options in your car to ensure it is fitted correctly for your child

    Car Sickness Tips

    Parents have dealt with kids motion sickness for ages – at least since 300 A.D., when ‘cart-sickness’ was observed in ancient China! Here are some simple ideas from Volvo Cars on how to prevent carsickness while travelling with your kids.

  • Design the route to avoid bumpy rides
  • Take breaks on long journeys
  • Put down the book, iPad and colouring pages
  • Stick to light snacks and avoid heavy meals
  • Use natural remedies such as ginger and peppermint
  • Use over-the-counter medicine
  • Wind down a window
  • Offer distractions such as music and road trip games
  • With over 60 years of child safety research and innovation, Volvo Cars is the leader in child safety in cars, developing a number of world firsts and sharing its research across the world to help make every car and child safe.