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The BubbleBum car seat is designed for children between the ages of 4 – 11 as a lightweight, inflatable, foldable booster seat that meets safety requirements and legislation in over 26 countries worldwide even when deflated.
It’s niche is obvious – it’s the perfect solution for car pools, play dates after school, adding a third child on the back seat, taxi journeys or for rental cars after a flight. At 500 grams, it is easy to pack into a carry-on or backpack so that the seat can travel with your child, available for use wherever they go. Added bonus – it’s also a great booster seat for the theater or cinema.
Price: RRP £29.99
Included in the box: BubbleBum Car Booster Seat – Black, Safety strap with adjustable clip for seatbelt.
About BubbleBum UK Ltd
BubbleBum was founded in 2009 by Grainne Kelly and is based in Londonderry, Ireland with manufacturing outsourced to China.
The BubbleBum car seat is a simple, ingenious idea. It is easy to use, it inflates within seconds with a few puffs and is secured via the car’s existing seatbelt, easy to transport, clean and pack on journeys that will involve traveling without your usual car seat. My daughter thinks it is “ridiculously comfortable”.
- Target age range: 4 – 11 years (height up to 150 cm)
- Target gender: Unisex, boy and girl centric range of colours
- Suitable vehicles: All vehicles fitted with a three point seat belt.
- Can be used on any seat: left, middle or right.
Environment & People
BubbleBum is crash test approved and meets the EU ECE R44.04 and the US FMVSS 213 safety regulations.
The BubbleBum car seat is excellent value for money. It is a well-made, durable product at an excellent price. It can save money, time and effort when traveling away from your standard car seat set-up. It is convenient and easy to use in a large variety of vehicles.
Item Weight: 499 g
Inflated Product Dimensions: 28cm x 28cm x 11cm
Deflated Product Dimensions: 29cm x 15cm x 10cm
Minimum Weight Recommendation: 15 Kilograms
Maximum Weight Recommendation: 36 Kilograms
Age Range: 4-11 years
Colour: black, pink
Materials: “The BubbleBum is made out of similar components to that of airbags, life rafts and life vests. It contains memory foam technology which is one of the reasons why we have passed our crash testing in the deflated state. The super tough, rigid side clips provide perfect belt fit and replace the arm rests that conventional seats use to position the lap belt.”
“Seat must be used inflated. The seat has met safety standards in the deflated state, but we know that kids do not perform like the crash test dummy as they slouch when they have no ‘boost’.” Note from the manufacturers listed in their FAQ.
Warranty: 12 months
Three point seatbelt.
The BubbleBum car seat is a simple idea that fills a huge gap in the market of car seats. Its weight is about the same as a pack of biscuits or a topped up water bottle. Booster seats halve the chances of a primary school ages child sustaining a serious injury during a car accident. We fall into comfort zones when we travel near home or during a holiday, thinking that a short drive home is safe today because it’s always been safe before or that a taxi from the airport to the hotel is a rare one-off event.
I am a proud owner of the BubbleBum car seat. It is a durable product at a great price that adds a little bit more safety and security to my day when my daughter has a play date and can travel with her own car seat or when we want to make use of a taxi or rental car on holiday. It definitely gets two thumbs up from me.
The review is based on the BubbleBum car seat (black).
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