The First Self-Installing Car Seat Is Coming This Summer
This "smart" car seat comes with its own smartphone app and aims to take the guesswork out of car seat installation.
A self-installing child-safety seat?
There's an app for that!
(Or at least there will be, in about six months!)
There is no greater fear than driving home from the hospital with your baby strapped into the infant car seat for the first time. Did we install the base correctly? Is it levelled? Are the straps tight enough? Are they too tight?
You know the drill.
And while it may sound like some kind of futuristic dream, the 4moms self-installing infant seat is here—or at least it will be in June—and it's spectacular! It even comes with its own smartphone app that takes the guesswork out of car seat installation.
"Four out of five car seats are installed improperly," said Rob Daley, 4moms CEO and co-founder, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "We've built a robot in the base of the car seat so that it installs itself, is never installed incorrectly, and every time you put a child into the seat it verifies the installation."
The self-installing process starts off with a smartphone app that determines whether the seat is installed at the correct level. Parents can scan their car's vehicle identification number barcode to retrieve model info, allowing the app to identify the best location for the seat and the location of the lower Latch anchors. The app then takes over, guiding the user to connect the car seat's Latch connectors to the anchors, checking the LATCH connections, levelling the base (a verification message appears when the level is correct), and cinching it tightly into place. Periodically, it continues to check level and connections until the seat is removed, a process that requires only the press of a button.
The car seat has been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and fits babies from 4 to 30 pounds and up to 32 inches long. And get this—according to Daley, it will monitor your infant's growth, and alert you when your kid has outgrown it.
Of course, all this amazing technology doesn't come cheap, and ordering one of these bad boys wil set you back a cool $499.99.
But as Daley put it: "We're solving a real problem and giving parents peace of mind."
Can't put a price tag on that, can you?