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--Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, founders of Volvo

Volvo Safety Vision

Related video below, see Thomas Broberg - Knowledge

Test Tracks for Volvo


Volvo Safety Center ‎(10th Anniversary: 2010)‎

Volvo Crash Test Center


And, A Love Story:

Clive Alive: Knowledge Saves Lives


Volvo Safety First:
Topics: Preventing Accidents, Reducing Injuries, and Pushing Boundaries
http://www.volvocars.com/us/experience/Pages/safety.aspx


Volvo Child Safety:
Tips, tricks, facts, and videos for various stages: Pregnant, Newborn, 1-3 years, and 4-12 years
http://www.volvocars.com/intl/sales-services/sales/car-devices/child-safety/pages/default.aspx
Original link (no longer working): http://www.volvocars.com/us/campaigns/Misc/ChildSafety/Pages/default.aspx


Volvo has redesigned its website and the above links are no longer available.
Instead, explore the following websites:



https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb


Volvo Vehicle Safety Presentation, 4/29/2008 (PDF):  (1786k)
Lotta Jakobsson, Ph.D. Traffic Safety, M.Sc. Mech. Eng. Technical Expert: Biomechanics, Injury, and Accident Prevention Analysis
Volvo Cars Safety Center, Goteburg
Original Link:
http://medim.sth.kth.se/neuronik/4E1150/downloads/F14_Volvo%20Safety.pdf
If that doesn't work, here is the link in Sac Volvo Club File Cabinet:
Volvo_Safety_presentation.pdf


Volvo Safety Milestones:
http://www.volvocars.com/us/about/our-stories/made-by-sweden/world-firsts

Alternate link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_Cars

"There's a good reason why they say you'll find a little piece of Volvo in just about every car on the road today.
Take a look through the list below and you'll see just how many lifesaving innovations first appeared in a Volvo.
It's a list we're extremely proud of.

1944 Safety cage

1944 Laminated windscreen    ------->

1954 Defroster vents for windscreen

1956 Windscreen washers

1957 Anchor points for 2–point safety belts front

1958 Anchor points for 2–point safety belts rear

1959 Three-point seat belts in the front (standard)

1960 Padded instrument panel

1964 Prototype of the first rear-facing child seat is tested in a Volvo

1966 Twin-circuit triangular (three-wheel) backup braking system

1966 Crumple zones

1966 Safety door–locks

1967 Seat belts in the rear

1968 Head restraints front

1969 Three-point inertia-reel seat belts in the front

1970 Volvo Cars' Traffic Accident Research Team established                          

1971 Reminder safety belt

1972 Three-point seat belts in the rear

1972 Rear-facing child seat and child-proof door locks

1972 Volvo Experimental Safety Car (VESC)    ------->

1973 Energy-absorbing steering column

1974 Energy-absorbing bumpers

1974 Gas tank relocated for enhanced safety 

1974 Bulb integrity sensor

1975 Braking system with stepped bore master cylinder

1978 Child booster cushion for children                              

1982 Under-run protection

1982 Door mirrors of wide-angle type

1984 ABS, anti-locking brakes

1986 Brake lights at eye level

1986 Three-point seat belt in the middle of the rear seat

1987 Seat belt pre-tensioner

1987 Driver’s airbag

1990 Integrated booster cushion for children

1991 SIPS, side impact collision protection

1991 Automatic height adjustment of front seat belts

1992 Reinforced rear seats in estate models

1993 Three-point inertia-reel seat belt in all the seats

1994 SIPS, side-impact airbags

1995 Integrated child safety cushion outer rear seats

1997 ROPS, Roll-Over Protection System convertible (C70)

1998 WHIPS, protection against whiplash injuries

1998 IC, inflatable curtain,

1998 DSTC, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control

2000 Volvo Cars Safety Centre inaugurated in Göteborg

2000 ISOFIX attachments for child seats     

2000 Two-stage airbag                                                                         

2000 Volvo On Call safety system

2000 Volvo Cars Safety Centre new crash laboratory inaugurated

2001 Volvo Safety Concept Car (SCC)   

2002 RSC, Roll Stability Control

2002 ROPS, Roll-Over Protection System SUV (XC90)

2002 Lower cross-member at the front – protection system for oncoming cars

2002 Development of virtual “pregnant” crash-test dummy    ------->

2003 IDIS, intelligent system for driver information (in S40 and V50)

2003 Patented new structure at the front reduces collision forces

2003 New Front Structure called Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture (VIVA, S40, V50)

2003 Rear seat belt reminders (in S40 and V50)

2003 Bangkok’s Traffic Accident Research Centre (TARC) is inaugurated

2004 BLIS, system for information about the blind spot offset rear (in S40 and V50)

2004 DMIC, door-mounted side airbag for convertibles    

2005 Volvo’s co-driver-system

2005 Multi Lock, combined alcolock and lock for the seat belt and key for speed restriction (research project)

2006 ACC, Adaptive Cruise Control

2006 Personal Car Communicator (PCC) in S80

2006 Collision warning with brake support (in S80)

2006 Active Bi-Xenon headlamps

2007 Integrated two-stage child booster cushion

2007 PPB – Power Park Brake (S80)

2007 CWAB, Collision Warning with Auto Brake

2007 Driver Alert Control (V70, XC70)

2007 Lane Departure Warning

2007 Alcoguard (currently not available in the U.S.)

2008 Pre-Prepared Restraints

2008 City Safety, low speed collision avoidance. Automatically stop car at speeds below 19 mph (31 km/h) if obstruction is detected in front of car (XC60)------->

2010 Pedestrian Detection with auto brake (New S60)

2011 Plug-in Diesel Hybrid (V60)

2012 Pedestrian airbag (V40)

2012 Knee airbag, for the driver (V40)

2012 Upgraded City Safety, now working up to 31 mph (S80, V70, XC70, XC60, S60, V60, new V40)

2012 Lane Keeping Aid (V40)

2012 Road Sign Information (S80, V70, XC70, XC60, S60, V60, V40)

2012 Enhanced Blind Spot Information System (V40)

2012 Cross Traffic Alert (V40)

2013 i-Art. Drive-E diesels feature feedback from each fuel injector.

2013 Cyclist Detection with Auto Brake (S80, V70, XC70, XC60, S60, V60, V40)

2014 Inflatable Child Seat. Rearward-facing child seat concept can be tucked away in a small bag when not in use.  

2014 Food to car. Volvo demonstrates deliveries of food direct to the car. 








Canadian Driver
Volvos History of Safety Innovations:
http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/jk/070627.htm


Nils Bohlin
Invent Now Hall of Fame:
http://www.invent.org/Hall_Of_Fame/1_3_0_induction_belt.asp

The Auto Channel
Invention Saves Thousands of Lives:
http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/05/26/106828.html










Volvo - 50th Anniversary of the seatbelt (2009)




Safest Car on the Road?:
According to an early 1990s study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, it is a 240!

Excerpt:
"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety based its findings on a study of four years' worth of accidents in which drivers were killed. The crashes occurred between 1989 and 1993 and involved 1988 through 1992 vehicles.

The group said no drivers of '88 through '92 Volvo 240s were killed during those years, so its death rate was the lowest."

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19941022&slug=1937339

Link to PDF in case the link no longer works:
Business & Technology _ Old Volvo 240 Safest, Says Insurance Group _ Seattle Times Newspaper.pdf

Current safest car? According to Volvo, it is the culmination of decades of research:

Thomas Broberg - Knowledge


For the latest top safety picks, check out the iihs links below:

Top Safety Picks For Volvo:


http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings
Search by make, model, and year.

2016

"Small overlap crash protection, front crash prevention key to 2016 awards; 48 models earn Top Safety Pick+ award, 13 earn Top Safety Pick"

"
ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly 50 vehicles meet tougher criteria for 2016 to take home the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award, earning good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and an advanced or higher rating for front crash prevention. An additional 13 models qualify for Top Safety Pick."

Congratulations to the TSP+ Winning Volvo S60, V60, S80, XC60, XC90.


2015

"Safety gains ground: More vehicles earn top honors from IIHS"

"For 2014, vehicles could qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+ with only a basic rating for front crash prevention. Warning systems that meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's performance criteria but don't include autobrake qualify for a basic rating. For an advanced or superior rating, vehicles must stop or slow down without driver intervention before hitting a target in IIHS tests at 12 mph, 25 mph or both (see "First crash avoidance ratings under new test program: 7 midsize vehicles earn top marks," Sept. 27, 2013)."


Congratulations to the Volvo S60, V60, S80, XC60.

View the entire report.

Read the Press Release. (PDF)

2014

"Thirty-nine vehicles meet tougher criteria to earn 2014 safety awards from IIHS"

"Most of the TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners qualify for the award only when equipped with optional front crash prevention systems. When those vehicles aren’t equipped with the features, they still meet the regular TOP SAFETY PICK criteria. The Volvo S60, S80 and XC60 ... earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ on the basis of standard equipment."

"The Volvo S80, a large luxury car, is new to the TOP SAFETY PICK+ list because it hadn’t been previously tested for small overlap performance. However, it has had the same basic design since 2007, so its good small overlap result applies to earlier models as well."


Congratulations to the Volvo S60, S80, XC60, and XC90.

View the entire report.

Read the Press Release. (PDF)


"Volvo XC90 earns Institute's top safety award"

2014 XC90 Small Overlap IIHS Crash Test


View the entire report.


2013

"New TOP SAFETY PICK+ award goes to 13 cars; 117 additional vehicles earn TOP SAFETY PICK"

Congratulations to the Volvo S60.

View the entire report.

Read the Press Release. (PDF)

2012
http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/about/news-awards/pages/iihs.aspx

"IIHS Awards Four Volvo Models with Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted its annual crashworthiness testing to determine its Top Safety Picks. For a vehicle to earn a coveted Top Safety Pick, it must earn good ratings in each of the four Institute tests, and offer electronic stability control. Once again Volvo has proven itself to be a leader in occupant protection with an impressive five IIHS Top Safety Picks. Congratulations to the Volvo S60, S80, C30, XC60 and XC90.

View the entire report.

Read the Press Release. (PDF)"


2011
http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/about/news-events/pages/iihs.aspx

"IIHS Awards Four Volvo Models with Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted its annual crashworthiness testing to determine its Top Safety Picks. For a vehicle to earn a coveted Top Safety Pick, it must earn good ratings in each of the four Institute tests, and offer electronic stability control.
Once again Volvo has proven itself to be a leader in occupant protection with an impressive four IIHS Top Safety Picks. Congratulations to the Volvo S80, C30, XC60 and XC90.

View the entire report.

Read the press release. (PDF)"



Awards and Recognition For Volvo:

All Awards Listed here:

2012

http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/about/news-awards/pages/awards-recognition.aspx

A number of Volvo models have received acclaim this in 2012. Here's a sneak peak:

-XC60
    -Vincentic's 2012 Best Value in America. Read More.
    -IIHS Awards Five Volvo Models with Top Safety Pick. Read More.
    -NEMPA 2011 New England Winter Vehicles Award. Read More.
    -NHSTA 5-Star Safety Rating. Read More.
    -Prestigious 2010 International Truck of the Year Award. Read More.
    -Edmunds Top Recommended. Read More.
-XC70
    -Vincentic's 2012 Best Value in America. Read More.
-XC90
    -Vincentic's 2012 Best Value in America. Read More.
     -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Midsize SUV. Read More.
    -4AutoInsuranceQuote.org 10 Least Expensive Cars to Insure. Read More.
    -NWAPA Best Luxury SUV. Read More.
    -Intellichoice 2011 Best Overall Value Premium Luxury Crossover/Wagon Class. Read More.
-S60
    -NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating. Read More.
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Midsize Cars. Read More.
    -International Car of the Year (ICOTY). Read More.
    -Ward's 10 Best Interiors Award. Read More.
    -Vincentic's 2011 Best Value in America. Read More.
    -Automobile Magazine All Star Award. Read More.
    -Ward's 10 Best Engines. Read More.
-S80
    -Vincentic's 2012 Best Value in America. Read More.
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Large Cars. Read More.
-C30
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Large Cars. Read More.
    -Intellichoice 2011 Best Overall Value Premium Sporty/Coupe Class. Read More.
-C70
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Large Cars. Read More.
    -Intellichoice 2010 Best Overall Value Luxury Convertible Class. Read More.
    -J.D. Power Top Ranked Model in Class. Read More.

2011
http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/about/news-events/pages/awards-recognition.aspx

A number of Volvo models have received acclaim this in 2011. Here's a sneak peak:

-XC60
    -NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating. Read More.
    -IIHS Awards Four Volvo Models with Top Safety Pick. Read More.
    -Volvo XC60 Wins Prestigious 2010 International Truck of the Year Award. Read More.
    -Edmunds “Top Recommended" vehicle. Read More.

-XC90
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Midsize SUVs. Read more.
    -The Center for Auto Safety "Best Bets." Read more.  (PDF)

-S40
    -The Center for Auto Safety "Best Bets." Read more.  (PDF) 

-S60
    -
Automobile magazine All-Star Award. Read more.
    -
Ward’s 10 Best Engines. Read more.

-S80
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Large cars. Read more.

-C30
    -IIHS Top Safety Pick: Midsize cars. Read more.

-C70
    -IntelliChoice 2010 Best Overall Value of the Year in its Luxury Convertible class. Read more.
    -J.D. Power: Top-Ranked Model in its Class. Read more.


                                                                                     

Volvo Crash Test Music Video:

850 Crash Off Cliff:

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Volvo Crash Pictures and Stories:
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