A Longstanding History of Putting Safety First

For generations, Volvo has been synonymous with safety on the roads. Modern motorists know that vehicles bearing the Volvo nameplate are dependable, reliable, and, above all, safe.

At Volvo Cars Mission Viejo, we know that the peace of mind that the brand delivers today is the culmination of decades spent pushing the envelope when it comes to keeping drivers and passengers safe. Just take a look at all of the features the automaker introduced that we take for granted today!


When you buy a car today, three-point safety belts are a given. This is all thanks to Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin, who introduced the concept in 1959. Estimates suggest that Bohlin's invention has since saved millions of lives, thanks in large part to the fact that Volvo waived its patent rights to share the feature with automakers across the globe.


Rear-facing child seats are widely known as the safest way to transport small children today, but that wasn't always the case. Volvo first introduced the idea in 1972, inspired by the seats used to protect astronauts during takeoff. The brand also created child booster seats in 1976, as well as an integrated version in 1990.

Volvo rear-facing child seat


An idea composed of many components, side impact protection was pioneered by Volvo in the early nineties. Combining stronger side materials, a cross member built into the floor, and reinforced seating, Volvo's efforts paved the way for improved protection in the event of a side impact.


A few years later, the automaker's engineers took great strides to alleviate one of the most common collision injuries: whiplash. By making changes to the design and composition of their vehicles' headrests, Volvo was able to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of the injury. The same year saw the debut of Volvo's inflatable curtain airbags, a huge improvement for their existing side impact protection systems.


As the brand moved into the 2000s, the growing popularity of SUVs had an unexpected consequence: a rise in rollover accidents. Volvo acted appropriately, making changes that would help to both prevent rollovers and to add protection when they did occur.

The next year, in 2003, Volvo debuted BLIS--the Blind Spot Information System--to help keep drivers more alert of their surroundings while on the road.


The fact that 75% of collisions occur at low speed with the rear driver failing to brake at all may be a surprise to you, but not to Volvo's engineers. Faced with this statistic, the automaker's team set out to bring that number down. The result is the City Safety system, which uses lasers to monitor distance from the next vehicle and react accordingly.

City Safety system from Volvo


Of course, many tragic accidents only involve one vehicle and a pedestrian. Volvo worked to bring this statistic lower, as well, engineering a system that uses cameras and radar to monitor the road ahead and take action if a pedestrian enters the roadway unexpectedly.

Today, Volvo's engineers continue to improve existing safety technologies while simultaneously developing new ones. The goal, quite simply, is to eliminate accidents altogether. For more information on the automaker's latest innovations, or to schedule a test drive, be sure to contact us online or to call the Volvo Cars Mission Viejo team directly at (949) 558-3990 today!

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