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Safety: Protecting What's Important

Connected, active and passive protection

Volvo's aim is to ensure that nobody is seriously injured or killed in any of their new cars by 2020.

Since 1927, when the founders of Volvo Cars decided to focus on safety as one of the core values of the company, they have been a leader in the field and that will never change. What will change is the breadth of technologies employed to improve your driving experience and safety.

Child safety

Safety has always been Volvo Cars' number one priority. Safety for the driver, the passengers, other motorists and, of course, pedestrians. Volvo has always been at the forefront of innovation in the field of safety — and Child Safety is no exception. Since 1964, when they first began testing rearward-facing child seats, Volvo has progressively improved safety, ease of use and, importantly, comfort for your children when they travel in our cars.

Designed for real life

Volvo's unique approach to child safety includes creating and carrying out tests based on real-life traffic situations. This enables them to carefully monitor how each child seat reacts in a real-life car environment, and then tailor the designs accordingly.

As a result of the research, Volvo can strongly recommend that children up to the age of four years are seated facing rearwards.

Child safety in the front seat

Volvo's recommendation for the use of the front passenger airbag for children has been updated, thanks to advances in airbag technology in recent years. Therefore, we have a new child safety recommendation for children travelling in the front passenger seat of Volvo cars. The downloadable fact sheet, below, provides a good overview of this new recommendation and how it applies to current and older model Volvos.

Download the new fact sheet

IntelliSafe standard

IntelliSafe is the standard safety equipment in all new Volvo cars. This high level of standard safety on all new Volvo cars is a vital element in helping to achieve the vision of reducing exposure to safety conflicts on all vehicles.

City Safety

City Safety helps to protect people inside and outside the car by anticipating potential dangers and helping you avoid them. City Safety uses radar and camera technology to identify other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals – like a horse – both day and night. The system warns you if it detects an imminent collision and, if you don’t react in time, the vehicle can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

At speed differences up to 50 km/h between the car and the vehicle in front, a collision can be avoided if the driver does not react. At higher speed differences, the collision can be mitigated. In some Volvo cars City Safety also includes Steering Support, which helps you to steer away from danger as effectively and safely as possible.

Active and Connected safety systems

Volvo understands the most common causes of collisions as they have been studying crashes in great depth since the 1970s. This has helped them develop features to minimise the impact of a wide range of potential scenarios that could result in a collision or a car leaving the road unintentionally.

Standard features are:

Run-off Road Mitigation
Lane Keeping Assistance
Driver Alert Control
Road Sign Recognition
Oncoming Traffic Mitigation

IntelliSafe surround

IntelliSafe surround encompasses an array of high-tech features designed to support you as you drive.