Kolkata, Nov 27 IBNS | 2 years ago

Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo Auto India's safety heritage has been recognised and awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Volvo's midsize luxury SUV XC90 backed this coveted award 'IIHS top Safety Pick+' award for performance par excellence in each of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front test.

The XC90 is the third Volvo model to earn the 'Top Safety Pick+' accolade since the institute began testing for small overlap protection in 2012.

In the small overlap front test for XC90, the driver's space was maintained well and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated low risk of any significant harm in a crash of such severity.

The dummy's head made good contact with the front airbag, which stayed in position during the crash.

In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.

A 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat. In this test too the XC90 passes all the safety criteria.

Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director, Volvo Car India said, "We are extremely confident in our safety heritage. We don't design our vehicles to pass a specific crash test; we design them to pass the most important test of all, everyday life. The XC90, like all our other vehicles is equipped with active safety equipment meant to avoid a collision and have been designed to protect its occupants in the event of a crash."

(Posted on 27-11-2013)