Car seat

A BMW car seat showing average construction.

A car seat is the chair used in automobiles. Most car seats are made from inexpensive but durable material in order to withstand as much use as possible.


Ergonomy: Lumbar and thigh support

The lumbar is the region of the spine between the diaphragm and the pelvis; it supports the most weight and is the most flexible. The adjustable lumbar mechanisms in seats allow the user to change the seat back shape in this region, to make it more comfortable. Some seats are long enough to support full thigh.


A Child Restraint system, also commonly referred to as a child safety seat or a car seat, is a restraint which is secured to the seat of an automobile equipped with safety harnesses or seat belts, to hold a child in the event of a crash.

Anti-submarine seat

This kind of seat incorporates specially shaped panels in the forward edge of the seat cushion, reducing the tendency for the occupant to slide beneath the seatbelt in a severe frontal collision.[1] Anti-submarine seating is a safety feature which may be more important for the front seats than the rear seats.[2]

Bucket seat and bench seat

Bucket seats in a 1968 Saab Sonett mk2 V4.

A bucket seat is a seat contoured to hold one person, distinct from bench seats which are flat platforms designed to seat multiple people. Bucket seats are standard in fast cars to keep riders in place when making sharp or quick turns.

Power seats

The power seat adjustments in a Lincoln Town Car. Here the seat controls are located on the door panels, next to the memory seat controls. Above the seat settings are the memory control settings which also set the mirrors and pedals.

Some car seat systems are set up with a battery-powered automatic control to adjust how the seat sits in the car.

In suitably equipped cars, seats and mirrors can be adjusted using electric controls. Some vehicles let the driver(s) save the adjustments in memory (memory seat) for later recall, with the push of a button. Most systems allow users to store more than one set of adjustments. This allows multiple drivers to store their comfort settings, or a single driver to store several different occupant positions. Some vehicles associate memorized settings with a specifically numbered, remotely operated key fob, resetting a seat to the position associated with that fob when the vehicle is unlocked (e.g. key fob #1 sets seats to memory position #1, #2 to #2, etc.).

Seat construction



  • Backrest angle
  • Cushion edge
  • Fore-and-aft position
  • Headrest angle
  • Headrest level
  • Lumbar position
  • Seat depth
  • Seat height
  • The upper section of the seat backrest, may be tilted to the front for optimum, individual shoulder support
  • Variable head support at the sides

Climate control and ventilation

Some vehicles includes the option of seat climate control (i.e. heating by seat warmers) and ventilation. Ventilation was introduced in 1997 by Saab and heating by Cadillac in 1966.

Backseats and fold-down

New car models includes fold-down seating (e.g. Honda Fit and, to a lesser extent, Toyota Corolla/Verso), to gain transport space.

See also


  1. ^ "Freelander By Land Rover". My Freelander/Land Rover. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Question 'N' Auto". Retrieved 20 October 2010. 

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  • car seat — n. a seat in an automobile; specif., a portable seat that fastens onto a car s built in seat and is used for securing a small child …   English World dictionary

  • car seat — car′ seat n. a removable seat designed to hold a small child safely while riding in an automobile …   From formal English to slang

  • car seat — /ˈka sit/ (say kah seet) noun 1. a seat in a car. 2. a small seat specially adapted for a baby or small child which attaches to the full sized car seat …   Australian English dictionary

  • car seat — noun a) A seat in a motor car. b) A detachable motor car seat equipped with a harness to secure a young child …   Wiktionary

  • car seat — noun a seat in a car • Hypernyms: ↑seat • Hyponyms: ↑death seat • Part Holonyms: ↑car, ↑auto, ↑automobile, ↑machine, ↑motorcar …   Useful english dictionary

  • car seat — noun Date: 1968 a portable seat for an infant or a small child that attaches to an automobile seat and holds the child safely …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • car seat — small plastic seat used to secure a baby or small child in an automobile (used in combination with a seat belt) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Infant car seat — Main article: Baby transport An infant safety seat, also known as a child safety seat, a child restraint system, a restraint car seat, and, ambiguously, commonly known as a car seat, is a restraint which is secured to the seat of an automobile… …   Wikipedia

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