Monday, June 09, 2008

2008 Volvo Standard Safety Features

"Safety is our promise.  People trust us, and that's a big responsibility.  This is what we think about daily when we make our safety decisions.  We have to maintain this trust—not only with words, but with actions."1 

 

DSTC

IC

SIPS

WHIPS

C30

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C70

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S40

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S60

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S80

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V50

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V70

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XC70

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XC90

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While almost all automobile manufacturers will make the same claims, Volvo is one of a few that actually backs up those claims.  Standard on all Volvo vehicles are four components which lay the foundation for their legendary safety ratings.  As can be seen in the chart, these safety features are included in every automobile produced by Volvo.

 

"In this energy-absorbing interior all occupants are surrounded by world-class safety.  Each seat is a safety zone in itself with multiple interacting protective features."2

 

Acronyms mean nothing without a good explanation.  In other words, what exactly are these standard safety features?  A quick look through the various brochures yields the following descriptions.

 

DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control)

 

"At the core of the system, a gyroscope senses the car's direction and compares this with steering wheel movements as well as the actual rotation of the car's wheels.  The system is able to detect a potential skid and helps to counteract it by reducing the engine's power output, or braking on one of more wheels.  The anti-spin function can be disengaged—allowing some spin—to provide better traction in snowy conditions."3

 

IC (Inflatable Side Curtain)

 

"The inflatable curtain adds protection for the head and helps keep the occupants inside the car, both in the front and rear. The IC also extends 2.4 inches farther to help provide better protection." 3  Note that this system is also included in the C70 convertible, the only difference being that the system is located in the doors.

   

SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)

 

"The dual chamber side airbags in the front seats help protect the occupant's chest and hip—the hip chamber inflates to five times higher pressure than the chest chamber to help absorb maximum impact where the body is most fragile." 3

 

WHIPS (Whiplash Protection Seating System)

 

"Integrated in the front seats, Volvo's unique Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) cradles the spine and neck in a controlled manner.  The system is activated by a collision of sufficient force from behind.  Independent research has shown that WHIPS is one of the most effective in the world.  Since its introduction in 1998, it has helped reduce long-term consequences by more than 50%."4

 

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1 Ingrid Skogsmo, Director Volvo Car Safety Center

2 THE NEW VOLVO S40 brochure

3 The All New Volvo V70 brochure

4 VOLVO S60 brochure

 

1 comment:

Alex said...

You forget also IDIS, EBA, integrated child safety seats and much, MUCH more....