Inflatable Car Seat Is Not an April Fools' Joke

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inflatable car seatWhen I first saw this inflatable car seat for children on Lil Sugar, I clicked to see what the punchline was -- April Fools' Day is just around the corner. We all know how vital car seats are to protecting our children, so how could something so beach-ball-like even be considered for such purposes? But they're no joke, and the more I think about it -- I want one!

For around $90, the Easy Car Seat is said to accommodate children ages 3 and up (the "and up" part is important). It fits in your purse, and it blows up in 30 seconds. How incredibly convenient to be able to just deflate your kid's car seat, fold it up, and throw it in a suitcase -- no more lugging those things through the airport! That alone is reason enough for me to buy one.

Plus, think of all the times it would be handy to have a car seat, but you don't want to tote one around all day -- in cities where you use cabs regularly, one for grandma's car, in my own trunk for impromptu play dates without having to do the big car seat hand-off.

The idea is nothing short of brilliant, but what about the most important part -- are they safe?

The company claims they've met all safety regulations -- both those of the U.S. and the U.K. -- and there's even a video of its crash test results posted on their site. And yes, they have a precaution against popping -- my first concern with all the crap that ends up in my car. In that case, then yes, it seems they would be safe. But -- and this is a big but -- I would never use it until a child met the height and weight requirements for a booster seat (at least 4 and mature enough to sit still in a booster seat), and for most purposes I'd keep him or her in a five-point harness as long as possible. But once they're older and in a booster anyway, then as crazy as it sounds, such a device seems like a fantastic option on occasion.

Another product, the BubbleBum (points for the clever name), offers a similar inflatable alternative for about $50, but it doesn't have the back support. The fact that at least two companies have gone through the necessary safety standards makes me feel even better about the inflatable products.

Check out this video for the Easy Car Seat and see if you're as sold as I am:

What do you think of the idea of an inflatable car seat for kids?


Image via YouTube

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Wish2Be Wish2Be

I really dont think I could trust something like that with the safety of my child. It has a huge convience factor, but its just not worth it to me. No matter how much I would like to carpool with a friend and just inflate the car seat without having to go through dragging it all around everywhere and ...trying to store it somewhere.

bills... billsfan1104

What I would like to know, is if you blow it up, or if they have a pump? I cant see being on an airplane and blowing to your hearts content. And would it work in the air like that?? I thought there would be pressure that would deflate the seat??

bether89 bether89

Very interesting.  I would agree that I would not want to be blowing it up  on a plane especially by mouth.

Shanin22 Shanin22

I can see how beneficial this product could be for some (including myself). I'm legally blind so I don't drive... but between buses and walking, we often rely on rides from friends and family. It would be wonderful to have my son's booster seat conveniently in my purse for those times that we need to call a cab or have a friend pick us up from the store. I would feel safe with my 5 year old riding in this as long as it really has met all safety requirements. Of course I usually have my 18 month old daughter with us as well and obviously couldn't use something like this for her. Still a good idea for some though.

nonmember avatar Lindsay

That's facinating. I went and looked at more videos on youtube, yes you blow it up by mouth but that woman does it in like 30seconds... but I assume she has lots of prctice so the rest of us, like 3mins. Lol

I like the idea, but I have a 3yr old,and a 7month old so I don't think it'll be anymore convient for me.

Does it float? That's my question....

meatb... meatball77

I could see it for traveling, not for anything else.

momto... momtothemax2910

No freaking way. People aren't supposed to wear coats with seatbelts or in a child safety seat because of the cushioning effect when struck or slamming on breaks. But an air filled seat is somehow ok? That makes no sense to me. Nah. I'll stick with what I've got.

lovel... lovelyy504

that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever seen. no way in hell could that thing be safe. if you wreck and it pops your child is dead or hurt.

Simpl... SimplyErathy

if i relied on cabs...or were taking a trolly..maybe....but eh..you could buy a pool float and call it a carseat by that standerd :P

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