Installing a car seat is an all-too-familiar parenting struggle. In recent years, studies have shown that 75 to 80 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly, which increases the risk of injury (or worse) in the event of an accident.
That's why 4moms has developed a new "self-installing car seat." The car seat installs itself through automatic tensioning and leveling, verifies the accuracy of the installation and offers continuous monitoring to ensure it remains installed properly.
According to the 4moms website, the self-installing car seat features an adjustable five-point harness system and eight-position headrest. Bluetooth technology connects the car seat to the 4moms app, which offers "customized installation and education" to parents.
The app also sends reminders to adjust the headrest and harness based on the child's height and weight and notifies parents when the child is outgrowing the seat.
The company behind the popular "power-folding" Origami stroller and mamaroo Infant Seat, 4moms describes itself as a brand "dedicated to making innovative baby products that make life easier for parents."
At $499.99, the product is certainly on the higher end of the car seat market, though a $100 discount will be applied to pre-orders placed in January. Still, the development may represent a good first step toward making car seat installation more accessible to parents.
And if you won't be shelling out the cash for this car seat, remember you can always seek installation assistance from your local fire department or find a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area.
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