Car safety

Volvo Cars has been a leader in the field of car safety for decades. That will never change. It’s our vision that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car.

A car crash test at Volvo Cars’ safety centre in Gothenburg.

We have invented some of the most important features in the history of car safety. And there’s more to come.

Volvo Cars’ Collision avoidance system graphically illustrated.

Driver assistance systems

In addition to occupant protection features such as airbags and crumple zones, we have added driver assistance systems that can help avoid and mitigate collisions. These systems also support you with maneuvering or parking.

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Collision avoidance

Intelligent driver assistance systems can detect and help you avoid a collision with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists – any time, day or night.

Cross traffic alert

Driver assist with cross traffic alert covers your back when reversing out of a parking space, with warnings for approaching vehicles and auto brake for imminent collision.


Blind Spot Information System with steer assist can ease tension in busy traffic with alerts and active support, guiding you back on track.

Car safety features.

In the event of an unavoidable collision, we have the technology to make a real difference.

A Volvo car body where all airbags are inflated.

Airbag technology has changed a great deal since it was introduced, and Volvo has been one of the key players with innovations like side airbags and inflatable curtains. Today, our cars feature a range of airbags designed to help protect the occupants in the event of a collision.

A Volvo car seat in brown leather.
Car seats

Our car seats are made to ensure safety and comfort. The energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame helps reduce spinal injuries, and the built-in whiplash protection system helps reduce the risk of whiplash injury.

A rearward-facing child car seat with a young girl sitting in the back seat of a Volvo car

Child safety

Child safety in our cars has always been a guiding principle at Volvo Cars. That’s why we have remained at the forefront of child safety and research since the 1960s, with innovations such as the rearward-facing child seat and dual-stage integrated booster cushion.

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One of the car crash survivors in Volvo Cars’ “A million more” campaign.

A million more lives

After we introduced the 3-point safety belt, we faced a world of criticism. Since then, it has saved more than a million lives. Now, we’re determined to save a million more.

Volvo Cars’ EVA initiative – a humanoid shape, consisting of small light particles.

Sharing our research to make cars safer for everyone

Some people are less safe on the road than others. That’s why we’re sharing our safety research in the E.V.A. database - open for anyone to download. For everyone’s safety.

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Decades of innovation

Ever since our founding in 1927, we’ve been designing cars that put people first. Discover our most important safety innovations over the years.

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A safety belt in grey with the text “Since 1959” engraved on the buckle.

Volvo Cars’ safety features complement safe driving practices and are not intended to enable or encourage distracted, aggressive, or otherwise unsafe or illegal driving. Ultimately, the driver is responsible for safe operation of the vehicle at all times.

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Inspired by nearly a century of world-changing innovations, we've always designed cars that put people first.