Safe Volvo is Safe: IIHS Finds Volvo Forward Collision Warning System to be Effective

By Trevor Dorchies | April 29, 2013

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published a report stating something we've known for a while now. Swedish automaker Volvo makes safe cars, and that's due in part to its forward collision warning system, as noted by a recent report released by the IIHS. As it currently stands, three of Volvo's pillar models have earned the honor of being named a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+. The Volvo S60 and XC60 were both named to the IIHS' list of Top Safety Pick+ vehicles for 2013 while the XC90 earned the title of being a Top Safety Pick. To be named to this list, a vehicle has to achieve a top score of "good" in every category tested. Vehicles named to the Top Safety Pick+ list are required to ace four out of the five categories that the IIHS tests for. That fifth score can't be lower than "moderate" or the vehicle is dropped from the Top Safety Pick+ list.

"Consistent with prior results, this study shows that forward collision systems are working. That is good news because an increasing number of vehicles have these features," says Matthew Moore, vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute and director of the study. "These features are preventing common, everyday crashes caused by inattentive drivers or drivers who don’t react quickly enough to emergency situations."

Sister publication Motor Trend recently visited the IIHS headquarters in Ruckersville, Virginia, to see a 2013 Volvo XC60 go through the crash test paces firsthand. While there, the IIHS ran the XC60 through (or into) the small overlap front test, and you can see it for yourself below. For those who are unfamiliar, the IIHS recently implemented the overlap testing into its ratings, and some vital information has been uncovered because of it. Check out the IIHS' report in full, and watch a perfectly good 2013 Volvo XC60 get wrecked for science below.

Sources: IIHS, YouTube