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Volvo Cars, more safety for everyone

Make the car equally safe for all, women or men, focusing on the groups most at risk. With this precise objective experts in the safety of Volvo Cars are working to build models that are the safest possible.
Not surprisingly, the Swedish brand has always been considered one of the leaders of the automotive market in the field of security.

studies of designers showed that women run a greater risk of injury in a car accident because of the inherent differences between men and women at the anatomical and physical strength.

added To this is the fact that always are men to represent the “reference standard” for automotive safety, so much so that many automakers, on the contrary, Volvo Cars, continue to design their cars based on crash tests conducted exclusively with mannequins that reproduce a build of the male standard.

“we Know that you need to consider elements such as gender, age, weight and height to ensure greater safety at all – has declared the Fight Jakobsson, one of the leading experts in safety of Volvo Cars – For this we do our best to understand what are the underlying causes of the trauma, and we use that knowledge to make our cars safe, as evidenced by the numerous innovations introduced over the years to ensure greater safety to the men and women onboard a Volvo”.

The house scandinavian can count on half a century of studies on automotive safety based on real life incidents, thanks to which it has failed to establish that the injury report in several accidents to men, women, and children, and then transformed this information into useful guidelines for the design and construction of the various devices and safety systems on board of the cars of its range.

“Compared to men, women are more exposed to the risk of whiplash – explain the technical reasons are due to differences in anatomical and physical strength.
But not on a seat the Volvo, thanks to our system of protection from whiplash Whiplash Protection System (Whips), which combines a robust support for the head intelligent design of the seat to protect the spine is the head.
After having contributed initially to reduce mainly the trauma suffered by the passengers of the female sex to the edge of a Volvo equipped with the Whips system, this technology now ensures protection from risk of whiplash injury is similar for men and women and halved the risk of injury in the long term compared to the Volvo models prior to the introduction of the system”.

To report, then, that the Volvo Cars also shares its know-how and has begun a close collaboration with governments, regulatory agencies, and other researchers, to make the traffic safer for all.

“In a car accident, women have a greater likelihood of men to report trauma to the chest due to the anatomical differences and the different physical force – add the designers – For optimum protection, we have constantly improved the structure of the car, the seat belts and the side airbags to minimize the effects of impacts on the occupants.
our side protection system Side Impact Protection System (Sips) is based on an "intelligent" structure that increases the security as a whole.
In fact, the Sips, together with the side airbags, it reduces by more than 50% of the severe trauma to the chest for all passengers compared to the Volvo prior to its introduction”.

The large database from which they are drawn of the valuable information was born in 1970, year in which was founded the Volvo Traffic Accident Research Team has gathered and analysed data on more than 40,000 cars and 70,000 passengers.
The large amount of data collected has allowed us to contribute to the development of many of the advanced systems that are found today at the edge of the range Volvo.

“The attention has been focused on women during the development of the airbag Inflatable Curtain (IC) – stress specialists – The difference of stature among the people makes the airbag IC that covers the entire surface of the window, a safety equipment of critical importance, as it provides essential protection of the head in the event of a side impact.
Along with the Sips, and the side airbag, the airbag Inflatable Curtain reduces about 75% the risk of head injuries compared to the Volvo prior to the introduction of the Sips.
It was the first system of the airbag to provide greater protection for both the occupants of the front seats for rear-seat passengers”.

“To expand the knowledge on the consequences reported by women in the pregnancy following a car accident – to complete the technical – Volvo Cars has created the first manikin for virtual crash test in the world that reproduces the physique of a pregnant woman of average physique.
The computer model allows the study of areas such as that of movement of the occupant, and the protection offered by seatbelts and airbags to the woman and to the fetus”.

The data analyzed by the latest researches of the specialists of Volvo Cars, have highlighted the importance of the act on the protection of the lower back, or lumbar area, of all the occupants of a car, regardless of sex and body size.

So, as a result of further analysis and research, the Swedish brand has focused on the complexity of the incidents with the output of the carriageway and of the injuries suffered as a result of these events.

The flagship XC90 was the first to introduce the solution developed on the basis of these studies, and now the device energy absorption, placed at the inside of the seats was extended to all the models based on the Spa platform to provide a level of security ever wider. (m.r.)

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