Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)

Volvo's Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS) has been designed to reduce the risk of the car overturning and to provide the best possible protection in the event of such an accident.

The system consists of two parts, a preventive stabilising system and a protective system.

The stabilising system Roll Stability Control (RSC) minimises the risk of overturning, for example during sudden evasive manoeuvres or if the car skids.

The RSC system uses a sensor which registers changes in the car's lateral inclination angle. This information is used to calculate the risk of the car overturning. If a risk exists then the ESC system engages, engine torque is reduced and one or more wheels are braked until the car has regained its stability.

If a rollover accident still occurs, the protective system intervenes and, depending on the situation, may activate the car's seatbelt tensioner and inflatable curtains.


Under normal driving conditions, the RSC system improves the car's road safety, but this must not be seen as an opportunity to increase speed. Always follow the normal precautions for safe driving.