“ Manufacturer: Gumotex / Type: Convertible „
WHAT IS IT?
An inflatable car seat for children aged four and above.
WHAT'S IT FOR?
Designed as a portable car seat this can be inflated quickly and fixed in place using a simple threading system for your seatbelts. When deflated the seat folds down to a small size, easily small enough to pack in a suitcase and even small enough to fit in my maxi handbag.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
When we hired a car in Portugal they didn't have any solid seats suitable for my daughters, at this time Portugal were temporarily introducing a requirement for car seats so the hire company were offering these as an alternative when static seats weren't available. They are certified as safe in the EU and US, my daughters found them comfortable and enjoyed the novelty of sitting on a blow up chair in the car.
We were allowed to bring then home as the hire company used a new seat for each family. The child wears the seatbelt in the normal way but the chair gives just enough height to make it comfortable, it only raises the child up by three inches but this is enough for most four year olds. I keep mine in the boot deflated for when my girls friends unexpectedly are in the car, the pump plugs into the cigarette lighter and inflates the seat in about a minute.
IS IT REALLY SAFE?
This car seat has passed safety tests but I wouldn't put my children's security in an inflatable car seat. It's sturdy once inflated but I am not convinced how well it would protect my child in the event of an accident. It could become punctured or even slide from underneath the child, this is why I don't use the seat very often.
Dooyoo have added this product incorrectly as the brand name is Easy Car Seat, Gumotex is the model and also part of the design. It is available from store.easycarseat.com in a choice of red or black and the seats cost £57, now I know that I think I owe the generous hire car company a review as they gave me two!
3 Dooyoo Stars.