The first ever integrated booster cushion completed 25 years and Volvo Cars is celebrating the 25th anniversary in conjunction with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week (May 4-10). Volvo Cars developed the very first cushion for children in cars in 1978. In 1990, the car maker introduced the first integrated booster cushion.
The first integrated booster cushion was actually a redesigned centre armrest that was developed to safely elevate the seating position of the child so that the existing central 3-point safety belt could be used to best effect. The clear benefit of the integrated design also means that the cushion is always available and the potential for misuse is minimized. Few car makers offer integrated booster cushions for children to this day.
Volvo Cars also added the integrated two-stage booster cushion in 2007, enabling adjustment between two settings for the safest and most comfortable seating position for children of varying height. This has the effect of making children less prone to boredom and agitation, which can also negatively affect the driver’s experience and concentration abilities. In the lower of the two positions the seat is suitable for larger children.