General information on WHIPS (whiplash protection)

WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) is a protection against whiplash injuries. The system consists of energy absorbing backrests and specially designed head restraints in the front seats.
P3-10w35 Whiplash Protection System WHIPS (1)

The WHIPS system is actuated by a rear-end collision, where the angle and speed of the collision, and the nature of the colliding vehicle all have an influence.


The WHIPS system is a supplement to the seatbelts. Always use a seatbelt.

Seat properties

When the WHIPS system is deployed, the front seat backrests are lowered backward to change the seating position of the driver and front seat passenger. This reduces the risk of whiplash injury.


Never modify or repair the seat or WHIPS system yourself. Volvo recommends that you contact an authorised Volvo workshop.

WHIPS and child seats

The protection provided by the car to children seated in a child seat or on a booster cushion is not diminished by the WHIPS system.