Volvo Safety Reviewed by Premier Volvo Cars Overland Park

Here at Premier Volvo Cars Overland Park, we love to discuss renowned Volvo safety and the peace of mind that you can expect when climbing into the driver's seat of a new Volvo model from our dealership. From overall design to driver-assist features that come standard and exceptional crash test ratings, these luxury SUVs, sedans and wagons place your overall security and reassurances when on the move above all else on the priority list. We are more than happy to review some of the features that give you this type of travel confidence in greater detail.

Innovation with safety has long been a part of the Volvo formula for success, and drivers enjoy the long list of standard driver-assist features that come in many of the models you will discover on our showroom floor. Standard Pilot Assist utilizes lane-keep steering assist with adaptive cruise control to help you maintain a safe distance between vehicles in your own travel lane on commutes, with a standard city safety system that applies brakes to prevent potential forward collisions that are detected in high-traffic areas. This is merely the beginning of the standard radar sensory safety amenities included, as additional features such as road sign information displays and run off road mitigation are also incorporated to make sure that every aspect of your drive has been accounted for.

"Below is my husband's rental car…..he is in OK City on business.  His rental is the black Volvo S80. He was coming off the highway onto a ramp and the white car ran a red light going 55 MPH.  He was hit on the passenger side and walked away with a bruise on his hip from hitting the center console and a headache.   I have always heard how safe Volvo's are but we have never experienced it until now!" - Stephanie L.

Volvo Safety through the years.

2016 - Connected Safety

Volvo Cars is defining a completely new type of road safety system in a world of connected cars. Our latest connected innovations - Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert - use the cloud to share critical data between vehicles, alerting the driver about slippery road sections or vehicles that have activated their hazard lights - providing the driver with enough time to slow down.

2014 - Run-off Road Protection

Run-off road is behind half of all traffic fatalities in the United States. Volvo was again the pioneer testing road departure crashes - often the result of fatigue, poor weather conditions or a lack of driver's attention. We focused on keeping occupants firmly in position, introducing unique 'energy-absorbing' functionalities in the seats that can mitigate spine injuries.

2010 - Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake

We want our safety innovations to benefit those outside our cars, too. So we've developed a system - using radar and cameras - that warns a driver if somebody steps out in front of the car, and then brakes automatically if the driver fails to. It's a pretty huge step forwards, too; in the USA 11% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians, rising to 14% in Europe and a truly astounding 26% in China.

2008 - City Safety

Here are some amazing statistics - 75% of all reported collisions take place at speeds of up to 30km/h and in 50% of rear-enders, the driver behind hasn't braked at all. We saw an opportunity to make a great difference - our City Safety system uses laser detection to work out whether a collision with the car in front is likely, and if the driver doesn't brake, the car will do it. And the system works up to 50km/h.

2003 - Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)

When drivers change lanes, a moment's inattention can have catastrophic consequences if the driver hasn't spotted another car in the blind spot. So we decided that our cars would watch out for trouble, too - our BLIS system uses cameras and radar to watch for vehicles alongside and offset to the rear of the Volvo. When a car enters the blind spot area, a warning lamp comes on near the door mirror, giving the driver ample time to react.

2002 - Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS)

With the growing popularity of SUVs, we reckoned it was time to introduce our next safety innovation - rollover protection. We tackled the problem from two directions. Firstly, we enhanced our SUVs' stability with a sophisticated electronic Roll Stability Control system and secondly, we improved the car's safety structure with extremely tough boron steel in the roof.

1998 - Inflatable Curtain

The inflatable curtain was yet another leap forward in safety for Volvo Cars. It's concealed in the headliner and runs from the front to the rear of the cabin - in the event of a side impact, the curtain inflates in just 25 thousandths of a second and can absorb 75% of the energy generated when the head is thrown sideways.

1998 - Whiplash Protection System

Whiplash is a painful and potentially expensive injury. It's also quite common, so we focused on reducing low-speed collision injuries. The system consists of a very robust headrest close to the occupant's head and a clever seat design that gives uniform support in a collision. The result is that the risk of long-term medical problems are half what they were.

1991 - Side Impact Protection

Another major step forward for safety came with our Side Impact Protection System, or SIPS. This was an integral part of the car's design and included a very strong structure and energy-absorbing materials on the inside, a cross member in the floor and even reinforced seats. We followed that up in 1994 with another world first, side-impact airbags.

1976 - Lambda Sond

The Lambda Sond was yet another contribution to a cleaner environment from Volvo Cars. A little device the size of a finger - actually, it's an oxygen-sensing probe - meant that we reduced harmful exhaust emissions by 90%. And nearly 40 years on virtually every petrol-engine car in the world has a Lambda Sond fitted.

1972 - Rearward-facing Child Safety Seat

Remember those early images of astronauts lying on their backs during take-off to even out the forces? Well, that was the basic principle behind our rearward-facing child seats, to spread the load and minimise injury. Then we innovated in 1976 with the child booster seat and again in 1990 with an integrated booster built right into the seat.

1959 - Three-point Safety Belt

There can be few men on the planet who have saved as many lives as Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin - he introduced three-point seatbelts into the series production PV544. Since then, it's estimated that over one million lives have been saved as a result of Volvo Cars waiving its patent rights so everybody could benefit.