Thursday, May 6, 2010

Volvo XC60 IIHS Crash Test Rating

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted their crash test for the new 2010 Volvo XC60.  Overall, the Volvo vehicle did extremely well on the crash tests.  The IIHS ratings range from a top rating of Good to Poor.  As expected, the new Volvo XC60 returned with a rating of Good on all counts.  The vehicle they tested was the AWD version, while I personally purchased the FWD.  I don't think that should affect the outcome of the ratings for my vehicle.

Expected injury measures from the dummy for head/neck/ches/leg/foot all returned with a Good rating.  The structure and safety of the vehicle cage returned with a Good rating as well.  The restraints, whom Volvo was an inventor of the 3-point seat belt, also came back very positive with a Good rating.

In terms of the unseen safety features, the XC60 includes front and rear side airbags as well as rollover sensors that automatically deploy the side curtain airbags.  The electronic stability control standard on the vehicle also includes roll stability to prevent rollover accidents.  Side impact ratings for both the driver's as well as the passenger's side also returned with Good ratings.  One item of note is during the test, the lower side seat trim was pushed against a service release button for the safety belt, which then detached from its anchor on the outboard side of the driver's seat. Although there was no unusual movement of the dummy, the dummy was not restrained during part of the crash event. Volvo has addressed the problem on models built after November 2009 and is issuing a recall to fix the belts on cars built earlier.  It's nice to know that an auto manufacturer proactively works to improve and fix the errors that they found.  The model I bought was build in 2010 -- this problem should be solved.

Lastly, the vehicle has an impressive roof resistance with a crush strength-to-weight ratio of 5.23.  This means you can stack over 5 XC60s on top of each other before the roof of the vehicle on the very bottom would deform up to 5-inches.  The vehicle, with a weight of 4,169 lbs, feels very solid and should be able to easily resist most accidents it will encounter during its effective operating lifespan.  

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