• Mar 31, 2011
Easycarseat inflatable – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Just about every time we go through airport security, we notice there is at least one family that has to lug their bulky car seat through the airport, dropping a trail of Cheerio crumbs as they go. And then there is the coworker in your lunch carpool that has a kid, which means everyone must stand outside the car, rain or shine, while he or she removes the seat and jams it in the trunk.

A company has invented an inflatable seat that should theoretically relieve some of these problems. The Easycarseat is inflatable seat that can handle children ages four and older from 33 to 79 pounds. The seat, which inflates in under a minute, only costs about $90, weighs about two pounds and can be folded for storage whenever a mom or dad needs it for travel.

An inflatable car seat just doesn't sound safe, but the company insists it has already met all applicable U.S. and European safety standards. The seat also features a pressure release valve that prevents the seat from popping in the event of an accident.

We're not so sure we'd opt for a blowup car seat for everyday use, but for anyone doing a lot of air travel or car hopping, this seat seems like a real luggage-saver. Hit the jump to view a one-minute demo, and stay for the crash test footage.

[Sources: The Stir, Easycarseat]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Safe? Maybe if it's made out of ballistic nylon, combined with Nomex.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like my car seats like I like my women... cheap, convenient, and unsafe.
        • 3 Years Ago
        haha, Shiftright, nice one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        well yeah, I thought that part was obvious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't forget inflatable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kids are pretty durable, it should be fine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        maybe, but they just don't make them like they used to.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm fairly sure this is an April Fool's joke (in which case, the joke is on the poster because it's afternoon... "by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Mar 31st 2011 at 1:01PM")

      If it's real, and it passed all the appropriate tests, then fine. Looks good. I'll research tomorrow...

      Regardless, when we travelled to the UK, we bought our toddler (34 months at the time) a CARES restraint for airline travel (http://www.kidsflysafe.com/). It's far more convenient than boosters for air travel, and it meets all the appropriate regulations. Highly recommended.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact it is made out of air should allow additional energy absorption. Last time I check, my car has eight bags that use air as a way to protect me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Then tell me why the driver's seat is not made of air.

        Good car seats/boosters have mechanisms in place to help secure and protect the neck and spine in case of an impact, especially from the side. These balloons won't do a thing to protect your kid.

        If you're being sarcastic, I apologize in advance for totally missing it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember years ago there was a show called "why didn't I think of that?" that showed an inflatable car seat. I think it had an electric pump to inflate it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only thing that would make this unsafe is if it were underinflated and not strapped in properly...
      ...but that half the time, regular kiddie car seats aren't strapped in properly either - I don't see this as being any worse..
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, I think many people are missing that this is a booster seat, meant to get the regular seatbelt in its proper place and NOT for infants. It should more than ably do that job.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think this is a good, clever idea.

        I like it for air travel, in particular.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So Joe, you want us to go to the site of a company and read about the product they're selling? You think it might be slightly biased? Do you believe everything you read in car brochures from the dealer? All the "revolutionary" innovations in seemingly every single car ever made?

        My point is, parents will "overspend" on stupid things like Bugaboo strollers and the such because the motto for them is "spare no expense." Spending more money doesn't always equate to a better product.
        • 3 Years Ago
        To each his own, I suppose. I happen to think it's more than worthwhile to spend a bit more on something that helps protect your kids. Even if you believe it's all in the marketing, you still have to admit that the peace of mind is well worth $50 extra dollars.

        BTW, I'm not saying I believe everything I read. But I have done my fair share of homework regarding car seats.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still beats the smart for two crash test.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you look at the second video, you can see the seat flexes so much the child slips underneath the seat belt. From the way the body is moving around, it looks like the kid would suffer more injury than a kid in a 5 point harness seat. If you look at other crash videos, you can see that the child stays connected to the seat and the seat keeps it's shape. Yeah, it costs more for a good seat, but my cargo is too precious to skimp on.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't imagine there are many parents who values a few cubic feet of storage space over the safety of their kid
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see where this might have it's uses. All I know is when I have children, I won't be relying on anything related to "blow up" when it comes to their safety.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My kids constantly carry knives, forks, scissors, spears, and other sharp objects in their back pockets while traveling.
      I don't think this seat would work for me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They get that stuff past security?
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