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Volvo Safety Achievements Year by Year

  • 1944 Safety cage
  • 1944 Laminated windscreen
  • 1959 Three-point safety belts in the front as standard
  • 1960 Padded instrument panel
  • 1964 Prototype of the first rear-facing child seat is tested in a Volvo
  • 1966 Twin-circuit triangular (three-wheel) backup braking system
  • 1966 Crumple zones
  • 1967 Seat belts in the rear
  • 1968 Head restraints front
  • 1969 Three-point inertia-reel safety belts in the front
  • 1972 Three-point safety belts in the rear
  • 1972 Rear-facing child seat and child-proof door locks
  • 1972 Volvo Experimental Safety Car (VESC)
  • 1973 Energy-absorbing steering column
  • 1974 Energy-absorbing bumpers
  • 1974 Petrol tank relocated for enhanced safety
  • 1978 Child booster cushion for children
  • 1982 Under-run protection
  • 1982 Door mirrors of wide-angle type
  • 1984 ABS, anti-locking brakes
  • 1986 Brake lights at eye level
  • 1986 Three-point safety belt in the middle of the rear seat
  • 1987 Safety belt pre-tensioner
  • 1987 Driver's airbag
  • 1990 Integrated booster cushion for children
  • 1991 SIPS, side impact collision protection
  • 1991 Automatic height adjustment of front safety belts
  • 1993 Three-point inertia-reel safety belt in all seats
  • 1994 SIPS, side-impact airbags
  • 1997 ROPS, Roll-Over Protection System convertible (C70)
  • 1998 WHIPS, protection against whiplash injuries
  • 1998 IC, inflatable curtain,
  • 1998 DSTC, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • 2000 Volvo Cars Safety Centre inaugurated in Göteborg on 29 March
  • 2000 ISOFIX attachments for child seats
  • 2000 Two-stage airbag
  • 2000 Volvo On Call safety system
  • 2001 Volvo Safety Concept Car (SCC)
  • 2002 RSC, Roll Stability Control
  • 2002 ROPS, Roll-Over Protection System SUV (XC90)
  • 2002 Lower cross-member at the front - protection system for oncoming cars
  • 2002 Development of virtual "pregnant" crash-test dummy
  • 2003 PACOS - Passenger Airbag Cut-Off Switch
  • 2003 IDIS, intelligent system for driver information
  • 2003 Patented new structure at the front reduces collision forces
  • 2003 Bangkok's Traffic Accident Research Centre (TARC) is inaugurated
  • 2004 BLIS, system for information about the offset rear blind spot
  • 2004 DMIC, door-mounted side airbag for convertibles
  • 2005 Presentation of Volvo's co-driver system
  • 2005 Multi Lock, combined alcolock and lock for the safety belt and key for speed restriction (research project)
  • 2006 ACC, Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2006 Personal Car Communicator (PCC)
  • 2006 Collision warning with brake support
  • 2006 Active Bending Lights (ABL)
  • 2007 Integrated two-stage child booster cushion
  • 2007 CWAB, Collision Warning with Auto Brake
  • 2007 Driver Alert Control
  • 2007 Lane Departure Warning
  • 2008 Alcoguard
  • 2008 Pre-Prepared Restraints
  • 2008 City Safety, low speed collision avoidance
  • 2009 Adaptive Cruise control with queue assist
  • 2009 Collision Warning with full auto-brake and pedestrian detection

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