2012 Volvo S60 earns Top Safety Pick award

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 30, 2011

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Top Safety Pick award to the 2012 Volvo S60 for performing well in tests that cover front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection as well as standard electronic stability control (ESC). The IIHS gave good ratings to the previous generation of the S60 with regards to its front and rear.

However, the Institute only gave the 2005-09 an acceptable rating in the side impact test. The roof strength of the previous model also wasn’t assessed.

This would have determined how it will fare in rollover crashes. On the other hand, the new model rated very well in the side impact test as well as in the roof strength test.

The roof of the S60 was able to withstand a force equivalent to 4.95 times the car's weight. This is very impressive, considering the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.

The IIHS’s research shows that in the event of rollover crashes, serious injuries can be avoided if the vehicles have strong roofs.

Aside from getting good crash test ratings, the models that would receive the award also need to have ESC, a crash-avoidance feature that’s offered as standard on the S60.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS has given the prestigious Top Safety Pick award to the 2011 to 2012 Volvo S60 for good performance in crash protection for the front, rear, side and rollover. Each Top Safety Pick must come with the standard electronic stability control or ESC.

The S60 got the “Good” top marks in all of the three testing categories: frontal offset, side impact tests and roof strength. IIHS said that the S60’s roof endured a force, which is 4.95 times the weight of the car. The present federal standard is 1.5 times the weight. The institute research reveals that passengers of vehicles with strong roofs are less prone to serious injuries during rollover crashes.

As proof of its safety, the Volvo S60 includes Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. This world’s first technology actively helps the driver in avoiding accidents. The radar and camera-based system detect pedestrians in front of the vehicle; warn the driver when someone walks toward its path; then automatically activates the full braking power in case the driver does not respond right away. The system is able to prevent a collision of up to a maximum speed of 22 mph. When it comes to higher speeds, it is more focused on reducing the speed before the impact.

The S60 includes Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake Technology comes as an option together with Driver Alert Control (DAC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Distance Alert (DA), Collision Warning plus Full Auto Brake (CWAB) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) plus Queue Assist.

The standard safety systems of the S60 consist of another world-first technology called City Safety, which was introduced in the Volvo XC60. This driver support system aims to prevent or mitigate collisions with an approaching vehicle running at speeds of 19 mph or below. It uses a closing velocity sensor to help in determining if there is a possible collision. Based on the final speed, City Safety will charge the brakes in advance or automatically stop the S60 to help prevent a rear-end collision or reduce its impact.

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2011-12 Volvo S60 Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2011-12 Volvo S60 the prestigious Top Safety Pick for good performance for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection. All Top Safety Picks must also have standard electronic stability control (ESC).

The 2011-12 S60 earned top marks of "Good" in all three testing categories of roof strength, frontal offset, and side impact tests. According to IIHS, "the roof of the S60 withstood a force equal to 4.95 times the car's weight. By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight. Institute research demonstrates that occupants of vehicles with strong roofs are much less likely to sustain serious injuries in rollover crashes."

As a testament to its safety, the Volvo S60 is available with Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. This world-first technology actively helps the driver avoid accidents. Volvo's radar- and camera-based system can detect pedestrians in front of the car, warn the driver if anyone walks out into its path, and then automatically activate the S60's full braking power if the driver fails to respond in time. The system can avoid a collision at speeds up to 22 mph. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car's speed as much as possible prior to the impact.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake is part of the S60's optional Technology Package that also includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake (CWAB), Distance Alert (DA), Driver Alert Control (DAC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The S60's standard safety systems include City Safety, another world-first technology that made its debut on the Volvo XC60. City Safety is a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions with a vehicle ahead occurring at speeds of 19 mph or less. It utilizes a closing velocity sensor to help determine whether a collision is likely. Depending on the closing speed, City Safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the S60 to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact.

The 2011-12 S60 joins the 2011 S80, C30, XC60 and XC90 as Top Safety Picks. Full details from IIHS can be found at: http://www.iihs.org/

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