For decades, Volvo has offered its drivers confidence. The safety of Volvo automobiles has earned a well-deserved reputation as being some of the safest cars on the road to drive. Whether you drive an older Volvo or a newer one, you can rest easy knowing that many safety innovations found in many vehicle makes and models today were developed by Volvo.
You know the lap and shoulder belts you have in your automobile today? These were originally developed for automobiles by Volvo in the 1950s. The belt is called a “three-point” seatbelt, and it was implemented for use in automobiles to protect drivers and passengers better by securing them across the shoulder and chest to prevent forward motion during a collision.
Volvo also believed in securing children in automobiles better, which is why they developed and began to produce child seats in 1972. The design was based on how astronauts are strapped into space capsules. This rear-facing seat design has saved countless young lives, as have the child booster seats developed by Volvo in 1976. You’ve found these booster seats in the rear since 1990.
Volvo has also been improving impact protection services in their vehicles since 1998. The first system was designed to protect passengers against whiplash in the event of an automobile accident. In 1991, the Swedish automaker developed side impact protection. These protection systems have been redesigned by other automobile manufacturers and placed in their models, as well.
Volvo is oftentimes ahead of the times. As SUVs became more popular, the company began to design protections to save the lives of drivers and passengers in the event the SUV rolled over. This included an alert system to notify drivers they are veering off the road, a roll stability control system to help prevent rollovers, and stronger roof structures to ensure the roof does not cave in if the vehicle does rollover.
Volvo is also ahead of the game when it comes to driver-assist warning systems. In 2003, the company introduced a blind-spot warning that alerts drivers when vehicles or pedestrians are in their blind spots. The company introduced an emergency brake system in 2008 that engages automatically when driving at low speeds to prevent rear-end collisions. Newer Volvos also have driver assist warning systems that detect pedestrians, bicycles, and other road hazards ahead.