IIHS has implemented a new crash scenario to test a vehicle’s performance in small overlap crashes. Most vehicles are designed to protect passengers in a full, head-on crash. In cases, though, where only one side of the front end is involved, many vehicles are less able to protect their occupants. Possible scenarios involve clipping a tree, a pole, or the side of another vehicle. The Volvo S60 was only one of three vehicles tested out of eleven mid-sized luxury vehicles that earned top marks in the new test.
Chance wasn't the reason the S60 faired well in the test; engineers paid special attention to protecting occupants in the chance of a small overlap crash. Increased body structure helps to better transfer crash energy and prevent crushing of the frame may trap the front row occupants.
Vehicles that failed the test suffered from one key problem. Inadequate body structure allowed other vehicle components, like a front wheel, to enter the cabin in the event of a crash. By compromising the integrity of the cabin, tests revealed that drivers could become easily trapped in a vehicle. The S60 experienced minimal cabin breach, and maintained its same shape. Since the late 1980's, Volvo has integrated overlap crash protection into its design.
Besides a well-engineered body structure, the S60 is equipped with several other features to help improve safety. These include:
• Anti-lock brakes
• Daytime running lights
• Electronic Stability Control
• Front, side and rear head curtain airbags, torso airbags.
Drivers interested in learning more about what the S60 has to offer should contact Volvo of Oak Park, located at 1140 Garfield Street, in Oak Park, IL. Other top Volvo vehicles that were chosen as Top Safety Picks include the 2013 C30, the S80, the XC60, and the XC90.