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.

Download the Volvo child safety manual

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 spotting potential dangers and helping you avoid it. Volvo was the first to introduce this type of safety system as standard in every new car. City Safety uses radar and camera technology to identify other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals, such as a horse, day and night. It warns you if it detects an imminent collision and, if you don’t react in time, it 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 of our cars City Safety also includes Steering Support, which helps you to steer away from danger as effectively and safely as possible.