What makes the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat safe?
BubbleBum booster seats have been on the market for over 9 years, with millions of parents using them to safely transport their little ones from A to B. Many other parents are considering whether to purchase a BubbleBum, and they will likely have some common questions. Within this blog we will explain what makes the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat safe?
The first important point to make is that just because the BubbleBum is an innovative and unconventional booster seat, does not mean that it’s been tested differently to any other ‘standard’ rigid car booster seat on the market. The BubbleBum has undergone all of the same rigorous safety testing, and meets all of the same high safety standards as any car booster seat. Within the EU car booster seats must comply with the strict R44/04 regulation, which BubbleBum both meets and exceeds.
On the topic of crash testing, the BubbleBum booster seat has been crash tested both inflated and deflated and still passes the tests in both states!
There are a number of safety features of the BubbleBum which help ensure your child’s safety.
Red side clips:
These clips are designed to hold the lap portion of the seat belt on the correct parts of the child’s body. In the event of a crash, these side clips will pull the lap belt down onto the child’s lap, instead of allowing it to ride up into the soft tissues of the abdomen.
The webbing under the cover of the seat forms a harness all the way around the front of the seat’s inflatable section. In the event of a crash, the harness holds this inflatable section in position and pulls the lap belt down on the strongest portion of the child’s lap.
Boost and Memory foam technology:
The reasons our product is able to pass crash testing even when deflated is because of our memory foam technology. This technology helps to keep the child ‘boosted’ to the correct height, even in the case where the seat has become punctured, which could happen in the event of a crash. The boost provided by a booster seat is really important; it’s not just about positioning the vehicle seat belt on the child,but it’s also important to remember that a child does not behave in the same way as a crash test dummy.
A crash test dummy, will not say “I’m uncomfortable, so I’m going to scooch forward” the way that your little one will, when they are six. The boost and the graduation it provides allows your child to sit in such a way that their legs will naturally fold over the vehicle seat. This is so important because if your child scooches their bottom forward and away from the back of the vehicle seat, they are actually introducing slack into the vehicle seat belt itself, and this greatly increases the risk of ‘submarining’ during a crash. Submarining is when the child actually goes under the vehicle seat belt, and that is when the serious abdominal injuries are caused.
As you can see the various safety elements of the BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat work together to ensure that your child is kept safe and secure in the event of a crash.
There are a number of rules and regulations that parents and manufactures must adhere to, you can find out more about that here:
In a recent interview about her innovative car booster seat, the creator of BubbleBum Grainne Kelly explained “The BubbleBum has been crash tested to both meet and exceed the EU regulation R4404 and the USA regulation FMVSS213. It has been fully crash tested and all the materials have been crash tested to meet the flammability and the toxicity requirements for both of those territories”.
BubbleBum – The worlds first inflatable car booster seat.