How it works : Luftikid is an inflated chair, attached via the lower seat belt, designed to offer kids a protection similar to an airbag in case of an accident. Luftikid is easily inflated thanks to the dual-piston pump that is included and the quick installation via the lower seat belt. Luftikid has also received the European certification ECE R44*04 that can be used in all the European countries. With high-quality military materials used on aircraft life jackets, the Luftikid also includes a special valve and pressure control developed for pressurized aircraft cabin use.
A traditional car seat is the ideal way to protect children, but we all know they’re not always available in buses, taxis, airplanes, and relatives’ cars. Bring the solution with you, whether you’re arriving at your vacation destination or transporting from car to car, with Luftikid.
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Who will be using Luftikid ?
Taxi, limousine, minibus drivers: deflated and folded in its bag, Luftikid is permanently available in the vehicle: small in size and light, it is stored together with its pump.
When a 1 to 7 years old child comes aboard, Luftikid is inflated within less than a minute using the dedicated supplied pump, and the child can be safely installed on a rear seat. Afterwards, thanks to the new double valve system, deflating will be quasi instantaneous and the equipment will be stored in its bag.
Occasional children drivers: UBER and LYFT become more and more popular. Luftikid will help them considering and taking care of the children safety offering them an air cushion (airbag kind) protection.
Rent a Car companies as well as car sharingand pool sharing(such as driving children to schools). A Luftikid stored in the trunk will be easily and quickly installed and removed.
You are flying abroad: your Luftikid will be installed in the taxi on the way to the airport; your child will carry it in the bag to the airplane where it will be inflated again, and so on. Luftikid is the only children’ seat approved for both car and airplane use. When travelling abroad with a hired car, no traditional safety chair will have to be rented (Luftikid purchasing’ cost is equivalent to 4 to 12 days traditional chair’ rental)
You only occasionally carry children and, therefore, you do not necessarily have a traditional -voluminous and heavy to manipulate- safety chair available. No problem: you inflate your Luftikid: it is easy for you and safe for them.
For the shared economy fans
Sharing cars is becoming more and more popular: in case of car-sharing, car-pooling, or even «car-squatting», take your Luftikid with you and you will not bother others. Your child will only use a minimum of space: up to three Luftikid can be installed on the rear seats. It is not possible with traditional safety chairs.
Why purchasing for your personal usage only ? Robust, easy to clean, Luftikid can be shared with the family, the neighbors, friends, Airbnb, etc..
Children living in different locations will carry the small bag with them; the respective cars seats or trunks will not be permanently occupied with traditional safety seats.
And other uses:
You have more than one car:professional or even collection(Classic cars), sport cars with limited trunk space: thanks to its small size and light weight, Luftikid will find its storage room. Flexible, it will also be easier to install on formed sport seats.
It will even fit in private planes its anti-depressurizing gauge has been designed for airplane usage.
The price of safety…
Luftikid was not designed as a standard inflatable buoy equipment; high level materials and manufacturing processes were selected per the specifications, for obtaining the label:
- High resistance materials: it is made of polyurethane injected nylon, is fire-proof (an additional protection in case of accident), and made per the military and aeronautical norms.
- Watertight due to the very high frequency welding process (2 years warranty)
- Manufacturing processesapproved and controlled by a specialized laboratory
- Luftikid is certified per the European norm ECE 44/04; transposition to USA norms pending.
- Luftikid passed successfully the automotive and aviation crash tests
- Luftikid is delivered in a protective bageasy for transportation also containing the two-stroke pump for a quick inflation.
All of this, and the fact it is being produced in small quantities, explains a relatively high selling price: 149 € ex-works and before tax.
Within the Kickstarter campaign, we are according a significant rebate as we offer from it from 99 €ex-works and before tax.
What we do expect from the Kickstarter campaign:
Some time ago a first production of some thousands Luftikid was performed and essentially sold to taxi companies located in main European cities. This has verified the production technology was perfectly adequate (less than 1 unit per 1.000 returned and replaced).
This also demonstrated Luftikid was filling a hole, satisfying all users and was coming at a right time (Uber, car sharing, shared care, ..). It also helped to define and develop product’ improvements: nowadays the Luftikid V2 has a new valve allowing for a much quicker and easier inflation and deflation, as well as a pressure controlling valve allowing aviation usage (adaptation to cabin pressure variation).
The Luftikid was initially invented and patented by a German engineer, grand-father himself and sensitive to the product’ quality. He retired after having spent 1 million € in designing and testing it. Pierre Depireux took it over and promised him to open the way a second and broad life to this product. Pierre has developed the mentioned improvements and has obtained the certifications.
Nevertheless launching a significant production campaign requires money.
We hope and expect Kickstarter will bring us:
- Open minded people sensible to children safety and comfort but bothered having at moving heavy traditional children safety chairs,
- Numerous buyers in peak sectors like car rental, taxis, Uber, car sharing, … : it is possible to order a 6 or 12 pack for testing on a fleet
- Regional or national import companies as well as specialized distributors where conventional solutions are not adequate (old timers, sport cars, very compact cars, shared cars, …)