seat is benchmark for Whiplash Protection
Volvo's car models tested by the International Insurance
Whiplash Prevention Group (IIWPG) were found in the best
class. Volvo Car Corporation was the only manufacturer to have
their entire range achieves the best class rating.
are very pleased that the Volvo cars have performed in line
with our expectations", says Ingrid Skogsmo, Safety
Director at Volvo Car Corporation." Tests only show a
sliver of what happens in real life. However, this is one of
several results that confirm Volvo has the right approach to
help reduce neck injuries in rear impacts."
Car Corporation introduced Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
in 1998. In the WHIPS system the entire backrest is designed
to help protect the occupant's neck in a rear impact. Today
WHIPS is standard in all Volvo car models.
having the system in our cars in real life traffic for six
years now, the feedback from Volvo Cars Accident Research Team
shows that WHIPS has halved the risk of long-term neck
injuries in rear-end impacts compared to prior Volvo seats.
Also independent field studies have shown a significant injury
reduction ", says Dr Lotta Jakobsson, Technical Expert,
Biomechanics, Volvo Cars Safety Center.
in all 208 front seats were tested in the US and Europe by
IIWPG to measure how the head restraints are designed and how
they perform in a crash simulation where the seat is placed on
a sled that reproduces a rear impact with a speed of 16 km/h
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Car Corporation, Accessories - Wireless hands-free function in
Volvo cars with Bluetooth® and a mobile telephone
• Automatic connection to the car’s
• The system recognizes up to four different telephones
• Easy to switch between hands-free and telephone
• Voice dialing promotes traffic safety
is now possible to connect a Bluetooth-capable mobile
telephone to a Volvo car’s audio and loud-speaker system –
totally wirelessly. With the help of the new accessory Volvo
Hands-free with Bluetooth®, a mobile telephone becomes an
integrated hands-free system with voice dialing.
Hands-free with Bluetooth® can be fitted in most late-model
Volvo cars. The system consists of an electronic control
module, a module with function buttons, a dedicated microphone
located near the rear-view mirror, and the necessary wiring. The
mobile telephone used must be Bluetooth-capable. Once a paired
link has been set up with the car’s Bluetooth module,
the telephone is recognized and connected automatically when
the owner enters the car. Story
Models Best in Interior Air Quality According to New Study
An independent survey carried out by the Ecology Center in
Detroit shows that the interiors of Volvo’s cars emit lower
levels of toxic substances than other car makes.
The Ecology Center recently
presented a study (Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars &
the Need for Safe Alternatives) of the toxic chemicals used in
building car interiors. Flame retardant PBDE and phthalates,
whose main use is as a softener in plastics, were included in
the study. These chemical substances can migrate from plastics
and textiles, particularly at high temperatures. The car’s
occupants may thus be exposed to these substances, for
instance through the respiratory system. Certain types of
phthalates and flame retardants can for instance promote
genetic mutations and can subject car occupants to health
hazards. The survey reveals that the concentrations of PBDE in
dust and on the windscreen are up to five times higher than in
the homes of most people, and since many people today spend a
lot of time in their cars, car interiors thus have a
significant effect on human health. For
iPod Adapter - Volvo opens up to iPod users
will be possible for iPod users to plug their entire music
archive into their Volvo’s audio system. Together with
supplier PhatNoise Inc and Apple, Volvo Cars has developed an
adapter kit for installation in the Volvo S80 from model year
1999 on and in the S60, V70 and XC70 from model year 2001.
iPod is the world's number one digital music
player and allows music lovers to carry their entire music
collection with them on the go.
Now with the Volvo iPod Adapter, they can play their music in
Seats Get Top Scores in 2006 Thatcham Whiplash Tests
Once again, Volvo has
achieved top scores in the latest, 2006 model year new car
whiplash ratings by the UK's Motor Insurance Repair Research
Centre in Thatcham¹ which conducted the tests on behalf of
the International Insurance Whiplash Prevention Group (IIWPG).
fact, Volvo was one of only two manufacturers to achieve top
'Good' scores for every model tested² thanks to its
supportive seats which have a fixed head restraint position to
ensure they are always in the correct position to offer the
best support, and the Volvo Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
that moves the entire backrest to absorb the impact during a
rear-end collision to help reduce the forces on the neck.