CAR COVERS IN SAN FRANCISCO – Car cushions are becoming increasingly popular as a solution for those who are not as comfortable in a chair or chairlift, and one that may have advantages for older adults, a luxury retailer said on Tuesday.

The Car Cushion Shop, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, opened its first store in Los Angels, California, in late July and is planning to open its second store in San Diego, the company said in a statement.

In San Francisco alone, it has already had orders for up to 6,500 cushions, the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the San Jose-based company did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Cushions are a popular way to cool off, especially in summer, when they can cost as little as $8.99 and often last a week or more, said Richard J. Brown, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of California, San Francisco.

“The main thing is comfort and mobility,” Brown said.

The car cushion business, which has been growing rapidly in recent years, is expanding rapidly, with more than $1 billion in annual sales, according to the National Association of Car Dealers.

Car cushions come in two varieties, but both are made of carbon fiber and have a cushion-like surface that cushions can be used for a range of different tasks.

They are popular among elderly people because of their cooling properties.

It can take up to a week for a car cushion to cool down to room temperature in a car.

The cushions themselves can be made of a variety of materials, including carbon fiber, vinyl and polyurethane, said Dan Phelan, a professor of materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Phelan said cushioning can also help cushion against sun damage, which is a common problem with older people, especially those who have arthritis.

He said the most common reasons for wearing a cushion are to cool your body, to cool a heated car and to cool and maintain a cool environment.

As an alternative to a chair, car cushions also can be useful for people who are unable to sit in a reclining chair, Phelans said.

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