Volvo’s History of Safety Innovations

Volvo’s History of Safety Innovations

Volvo has been the pioneer of automotive safety for generations. The Swedish brand has become synonymous with the words safety, quality, and reliability. Coming a long way from its roots as a ball bearing manufacturer, Volvo began selling luxury cars in 1933 after its initial success as a truck manufacturer. It wasn’t until after World War II that they began mass-producing vehicles worldwide. Shortly after that, Volvo engineers started to earn the brand a reputation for safety by developing never-before-seen safety features, many of which still come standard in many cars today.

Below, we’ll give a brief timeline of Volvo’s most groundbreaking safety features, so you can get an idea of the innovation and quality the company has prided itself on for decades.

1959 - Three-Point Safety Belt

Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point seatbelt in 1959 with the Volvo PV544. Now, this design is standard across the automotive industry.

1972 - Rear-Facing Child Safety Seat

Based on the same principles that space agencies use for astronauts during takeoff, Volvo introduced this innovative seat in the early 70s.

1976 - Lambda Sond

An oxygen-sensing probe, Volvo was first to install this device to help reduce harmful exhaust emissions into the environment.

1991 - Side Impact Protection

The Side-Impact-Protection-System (SIPS) was a strong, energy-absorbing structure built into Volvo cars of the early 90s until the company introduced side-impact airbags in 1994.

1998 - Whiplash Protection System

Using an innovative seat design that provides uniform support during a collision, Volvo’s whiplash protection system helped to reduce low-speed collision injuries.

1998 - Inflatable Curtain

Concealed in the headliner and running from the front to the rear of the interior, this curtain inflates in just 25 thousandths of a second in side-impact collisions.

2002 - Rollover Protection System (ROPS)

As SUVs became popular, Volvo enhanced stability with a sophisticated Roll Stability Control system and a fortified boron steel roof.

2003 - Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)

The BLIS system uses cameras and radars to monitor the driver’s blind spots and warning them when a vehicle is there via a light by the side mirrors.

2008 - City Safety

The City Safety system works up to 31 mph and laser-monitors the vehicle ahead to identify collisions and brake if the driver fails to do so.

2010 - Pedestrian Detection Auto Brake

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