1 9 8 9

Body and interior

pg. 26 Body and Interior

The seats, seat belts, doors, etc. are described on the following pages.

Front seats 27
Rear-view/side-view mirrors 28
Interior light, sun roof 29
Child safety 30
Seat belts 32
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) 34
Doors and locks 36
Child safety locks, Trunk lid (sedans) 37
Trunk, long load storage 38
Hood 39
Passenger compartment, storage spaces 40
Tailgate, Child safety lock (wagons) 41
Station wagon tailgate, storage spaces 42
Folding rear seat (wagon) 43
Removing seat cushions, Securing cargo 44
Cargo space lighting, spare tire, jack (wagon) 45

pg. 27 Front seats

Height adjustment
The front section of the seats can be adjusted to three height positions and the rear section to four.
Lever forward = front height adjustment
Lever rearward = rear height adjustment
Do not adjust the seat while driving.

Fore-aft seat adjustment
Pull control upward, then slide seat forward or rearward to desired position.
Make sure that the seat is properly secure when you release the control.

For your safety, never adjust the seat while driving. The seat should be adjusted so the brake pedal can be fully depressed.

Seat back inclination adjustment
Rotate control clockwise to tilt seat back rearward.
Rotate counterclockwise to tilt seat back forward.
Note that body weight must be shifted to allow seat back to move forward or rearward.

pg. 28 Rear/side-view mirrors

Rear-view mirror
A Normal position
B Night position, reduces glare from following headlights

Side-view mirrors
Use the lever to adjust.

The mirrors should always be adjusted before driving.
Objects seen in the wide-angle right sideview mirror are closer than they appear to be.

Electrically-operated side-view mirrors
The control switches are located in the driver's door armrest.
A Adjustment sideways
B Adjustment up/down

Never use ice scrapers made of metal as they can easily scratch the mirror surface.

pg. 29 Interior light, Sun roof

Interior light
1. Light always on.
2. Light always off.
3. Light is on when either of the front or rear doors are opened.

Sun roof (certain models)
The sun roof can be used in two ways: as a conventional sliding roof, or the rear edge can be raised or lowered to provide various ventilation positions.
1 Depress the button prior to cranking.
2 Counter-clockwise: sliding roof.
3 Clockwise; ventilation positions.

For added safety, always have the crank folded during driving.

Electrically-operated sun roof (GLE-16 Valve, Turbo)
To open the sun roof as a sliding roof. depress the top portion of the rocker switch. To raise the rear edge of the sun roof, depress the bottom portion of the switch. To close the sun roof, depress the side of the rocker switch opposite the side used to open the sun roof.

NOTE: In case of sun roof malfunction see "Service diagnosis".

pg. 30 Child safety

Child safety
Volvo recommends the proper use of restraint systems for all occupants including children. Remember that, regardless of age and size, a child should always be properly restrained in a car.

Restraint systems for children are designed to be secured in the vehicle by lap belts or the lap portion of a lap-shoulder belt. Such child restraint systems protect children in cars in the event of an accident only if they are used properly. However, children could be endangered in a crash if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle. Failure to follow the installation instructions for your child restraint can result in your child striking the vehicle's interior in a sudden stop.

Holding a child in your arms is NOT a suitable substitute for a child restraint system. In an accident, a child held in a person's arms can be crushed between the vehicle's interior and an unrestrained person. The child could also be injured by striking the interior, or by being ejected from the vehicle during a sudden maneuver or impact. The same can also happen if the infant or child rides unrestrained on the seat. Other occupants should also be properly restrained to help reduce the chance of injuring or increasing the injury of a child.

All states and provinces have legislation governing how and where children should be carried in a car. Find out the regulations existing in your state or province. Recent accident statistics have shown that children are safer in rear seating positions than front seating positions when properly restrained. A child restraint system can help protect a child in a vehicle. Here's what to look for when selecting a child restraint system:

  • It should have a label certifying that it meets applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 213-80) - or in Canada, CMVSS 213.
  • Make sure the child restraint system is approved for the child's height, weight and development - the label required by the standard or regulation, or instructions for infant restraints, typically provide this information.
  • In using any child restraint system, we urge you to look carefully over the instructions that are provided with the restraint. Be sure you understand them and can use the device properly and safely in this vehicle. A misused child restraint system can result in increased injuries for both the infant or child and other occupants in the vehicle.
  • If your child restraint requires a top tether strap, consult your authorized Volvo dealer for top tether anchorage and installation information (sedan models only).

    When a child has outgrown the child safety seat (approximately age 4- 5 years, depending on size) you should use the rear seat with the standard seat belt fastened. The best way to protect the child here is to place the child on a cushion so that the seat/lap belt is properly located on the hips.
    A specially designed and tested safety cushion for this purpose can be obtained from your Volvo dealer.
    If necessary, an extra seat is available for use in the luggage compartment of station wagon models. This seat is designed for two children, each up to 80 lbs. in weight and up to 53 inches in height.

    pg. 31 Child safety

    Child Restraint Anchorages
    Volvo cars are fitted with Child Restraint Top Tether Anchorages in the rear seat. There are three anchorages under the rear section of the car's rear window shelf on sedans and in the back of the rear seat/largest storage bin in wagons. When the car is delivered, the holes for these anchorages are covered by plastic screws. In cars designated for Canada on top tether anchorage set will be in the glove box. In cars designated for the US a coupon good for one set, will be provided by mail. The top tether anchorage set includes the top tether anchorage plate, a M8 bolt 30 mm long and a plastic trim cover.

    If another set is needed, consult your Volvo dealer.

    Installing the top tether
    Remove the plastic screw covering the anchorage point you want to use. This can be done with a suitable coin. The screw is removed counterclockwise. Place the top tether anchorage plate as shown in the illustration. Using the MS bolt. tighten securely to 16 +/-2.5 ft-lb. Place the plastic trim plate over the anchorage plate, if desired.

    Child Restraint Anchorages are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted Child Restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts or harnesses.
    The anchorages are not able to withstand excessive forces on them in the event of collision if full harness seal belts or adult seat belts are installed to them. A grown-up who uses a belt anchored in a Child Restraint Anchorage runs a great risk of suffering severe injuries should a collision occur.

    pg. 32 Seat belts

    Seat Belts

    Always fasten the seat belts before you drive or ride.
    Two lights will be illuminated for 4- 8 seconds after the starting (ignition) key is turned to the driving position. One light is located in the instrument panel and one in the console between the front seats.
    A chime will sound at the same time if the driver has not fastened his seat belt. The rear outboard seats are provided with self-retracting inertia-reel belts. The front seats are provided with twin roller belts.

    To buckle:
    Pull the belt out from both retractors far enough to insert the latch plate into the receptacle (buckle for rear seats), until a distinct snapping sound is heard. The seat belt retractors are normally "unlocked" and you can move freely, provided that the shoulder belt is not pulled out too far. The retractors will lock up as follows:

  • if belt is pulled out rapidly
  • during braking and acceleration
  • if the vehicle is leaning excessively
  • when driving in turns.

    In order for the seat belt to provide maximum protection in the event of an accident, it must be worn correctly. When wearing remember:

  • the belt should not be twisted or turned
  • the lap belt must be positioned low (not pressing against the abdomen). Make sure that the shoulder belt is rolled up into its retractor and that the shoulder and lap belts are taut.

    Lap portion of the belt should sit low

    Before exiting the car, check that the seat belt retracts fully after being unbuckled. If necessary, guide the belt back into the retractor slot.

    Any device used to induce slack into the shoulder belt portion of the three-point belt system will have a detrimental effect on the amount of protection available to you in the event of a collision.

    pg. 33 Seat belts

    Center-rear belt adjustment
    The center-rear seat belt is manually adjustable. It should always be adjusted to fit snugly across the lap.

    To unfasten
    Depress red push button in receptacle (buckle) and let the belts rewind into their retractors.

    Check periodically that the anchor bolts are secure and that the belts are in good condition.
    Use water and a mild detergent for cleaning. Check seat belt mechanism function as follows:
    Attach the seat belt. Pull rapidly on the strap.

    In the above check you should not be able to null the belt out.

    Never use a seat belt for more than one occupant.
    Never wear the shoulder portion of the belt under the arm or otherwise out of position.
    Such use could cause injury in event of accident.
    As the seat belts lose much of their strength when exposed to violent stretching, they should be replaced after any collision, even though they may appear to be undamaged.
    Never repair the belt on your own, but have this done by an authorized Volvo dealer only.

    During pregnancy
    Pregnant women should always wear seat belts. Remember that the belt should always be positioned in such a way as to avoid any possible pressure on the abdomen. The lap portion of the belt should be located low, as shown in the above illustration.

    NOTE: Legislation in your state or province may mandate seat belt usage.

    pg. 34 Volvo SRS

    As an enhancement to the three-point seatbelt system, certain models are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). The Volvo SRS consists of a driver's side airbag with a driver's side knee bolster. The system is designed to supplement the protection provided by the three-point seatbelt system.

    The interior of an SRS-equipped Volvo looks very much the same a any other. The only indications of the system's presence are the "SRS" embossed on the steering wheel pad, and the knee bolster beneath the steering column.

    The airbag is folded and located in the center of the steering wheel. It is released only during a frontal or front-angular collision in which the forces sustained by the car are equivalent to an impact into an immovable barrier at a speed of approximately 12 mph (19 kph) or greater.

    As its name implies. SRS is designed to be a SUPPLEMENT to - not a replacement for - the three-point belt system. The airbag is not designed to be released in the event of a side or rear-end collision, or during a rollover situation. For maximum protection, wear seat belts at all times.

    The airbag system includes a gas generator (1). surrounded by airbag itself (2). In the event of a frontal or front-angular collision equivalent to impacting a rigid barrier at 12 mph (19 kph) or greater the sensor (3) activates the gas generator causing the airbag to be inflated with harmless nitrogen gas. As the movement of the driver compresses the airbag some of the gas is expelled at a controlled rate to provide better cushioning.
    The entire process, including inflation and deflation of the airbag, takes approximately two-tenths of a second.

    When installing any accessories, make sure that the SRS system is not damaged. Do not attempt to service any component of the SRS yourself. Attempting to do so may result in serious personal injury. If a problem arises, take your car to the nearest authorized Volvo Dealer for inspection as soon as possible.

    pg. 35 Volvo SRS

    A self-diagnostic system incorporated in the sensor monitors the SRS. If a fault is detected, the "SRS" warning light will illuminate. The light is included in the warning/indicator light cluster in the instrument panel. Normally, the SRS warning light will be illuminated along with the other warning/indicator lights when the ignition key is turned to the ON position (position II), and go out after the engine has been started. Check that this light is functioning properly every time the car is started.

    The following items are monitored by the diagnostic system:

  • Sensor unit electronics integrity
  • Reserve energy supply
  • Diagnostic output service
  • System voltage
  • Integrity of system connectors
  • Mercury switch closure
  • Gas generator ignitor

    If the SRS warning light stays on after the engine has started, or if it comes on while you are driving, drive the car to the nearest authorized Volvo Dealer for inspection as soon as possible.

    There is no maintenance to perform on the SRS yourself. The only periodic maintenance recommended on the SRS is that the air bag module and the sensor unit should be replaced every ten years and that the other components in the system (wiring, connectors, etc.) should also be inspected at this time. This service must be performed by an authorized Volvo dealer.

    Should you have any questions about the SRS system, please contact your authorized Volvo dealer or the Consumer Affairs Department: In the U.S.A.:
    Volvo Cars of North America
    One Volvo Drive,
    Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647

    In Canada:
    Volvo Canada Ltd.
    175 Gordon Baker Road
    Willowdale. Ontario M2H 2N7

    pg. 36 Doors and locks

    Door locks
    The vehicle is equipped with a central door-locking system. This means the lock on the driver's door controls the locks on the other doors (including the trunk or tailgate) automatically.
    If the driver's door is locked or unlocked from the outside using the key, the other doors will be locked or unlocked automatically.
    To lock/unlock the car by using the lock button on the inside of the driver's door, push/pull to lock/unlock all the doors. Check the action of the buttons on the other doors to verify their correct function (lock/unlock). The driver's door can be locked only by using the key when outside the vehicle.

    The lock buttons should not be in the down position during driving. In case of an accident, this may hinder rapid access to the occupants of the vehicle.
    Also see information on "child safety locks" on next page.

    To avoid battery drain
    The interior light and the warning lights in the rear of the doors come on when a door is opened.
    To avoid battery drain when the doors are opened for prolonged periods, these lights can be switched off by pushing in and turning the door light switches slightly clockwise. When the door is closed the switch will return to its normal position.

    pg. 37 Child safety locks, Trunk lid (sedan)

    Child safety Locks
    The levers are located on the rear door jambs.
    A The door lock functions normally.
    B The door cannot be opened from the inside. Normal operation from outside.

    Remember, in the event of an accident, the rear seat passengers cannot open the doors from the inside with the levers in position B.

    Trunk Lid
    The trunk lock is incorporated in the central locking system. This means that you can either lock or unlock the trunk by means of the driver's door lock.
    You can also operate the trunk lock directly with the owner's key even if the vehicle is centrally locked.

    pg. 38 Trunk, Long load storage (sedan)

    Long load storage
    In the panel behind the rear seat is a door which makes it possible to carry long loads such as skis. etc.

    Cover sharp edges on load to prevent injury to occupants. Secure load to prevent shifting during sudden stops by wrapping seat belt around armrest as shown.

    Protective covers (for skis) should also be used to avoid soiling or tearing the upholstery. Please note that the flap in the rear seat is only intended for light loads such as skis, wood etc.
    Max. length of load 6 1/2 ft = 2 m.
    Max. weight of load 33 lbs = 15 kg.

    Always turn engine off and apply parking brake when loading or unloading the vehicle. Place automatic transmission gear selector in P (PARK) to help prevent inadvertent movement of the selector.

    pg. 39 Hood, Engine compartment light

    To open the hood
    Pull the release handle. It is located under the left side of the dash.
    Lift the hood slightly, insert a hand under the center line of the hood and depress the safety-catch handle. Open the hood.

    Check that the hood locks properly when closed.

    The normal opening angle for the hood is approximately 55°. By turning the catches or the hinges as illustrated, the hood can be opened to the vertical position. The catches will return to their normal positions when the hood is closed.
    Take care in low-roof garages!

    Engine compartment light
    A the light is always off
    B the light comes on when the hood is opened.

    pg. 40 Storage spaces

    pg. 41 Tailgate, Child safety lock (wagon)

    To unlock-turn the key clockwise and allow it to spring back.
    To lock - turn the key counter-clockwise and allow it to spring back.
    Note: If the vehicle has a central locking system the tailgate will be unlocked and locked at the same time as the driver's door. the tailgate is opened by pressing up the catch on the handle.

    To open the tailgate from the inside of the vehicle, move the handle to the left and push outwards.

    Do not drive with trunk lid or tailgate open!
    Poisonous exhaust gases may enter via the open trunk lid or tailgate.
    If the trunk lid/tailgate must be kept open for any reason, proceed as follows:

  • Close the windows
  • Set the ventilation system control to and fan control to its highest setting.

  • Child safety lock
    The tailgate incorporates a safety catch which is located to the side of the lock.
    A the tailgate functions normally
    B the tailgate cannot be opened from the inside

    pg. 42 Concealed storage bins

    Concealed storage bins
    There are 3 storage bins under the floor of the cargo space; the largest bin can be locked with a key.

    Tool box
    The tool box can be released by turning the catch.

    pg. 43 Folding rear seat (wagon)

    Folding rear seat: increasing the cargo space
    The rear seat is split 60/40 so that each section can be folded independently.

    Note: Straighten from backrests if they are tilted too far to the rear.

    Place a hand on the rear of the seat cushion, lift the release lever on the seat cushion, and swing the cushion up and toward the back of the front seats.

    Remove head restraints from rear seat. This is done by grasping the restraint and lifting straight up.
    Move the backrest release lever upwards and fold the backrest forward.

    Important: Check that latches under seat cushions engage holes at top edge of backrest. Seat belts must be correctly positioned as seat is returned to normal position.

    When the rear seat is folded down, do not place heavy objects against the hacks of the front seats. This places a severe strain on the folded down backrest of the rear seat. Cargo must not be stacked higher than the top of seatbacks. This will reduce the possibility of luggage, etc. becoming projectiles during sudden maneuvers, rapid braking or an accident.

    pg. 44 Removing seat cushions. Securing cargo (wagon)

    Removing seat cushions
    The seat cushion can be easily removed to provide a slightly larger cargo storage area.
    To remove: Lift the seat cushion out of the hinges.

    Unless the station wagon is equipped with a genuine Volvo auxiliary cargo-compartment seat, passengers should not ride in this section of the car.

    Do not place extremely heavy articles against the front seats, as the backrest which is folded down is then placed under severe strain.
    Be sure to secure cargo. Hard and sharp articles could, otherwise, damage the front-seat backrest and/or cause injury to passengers in the event of rapid braking or a collision.

    Securing cargo
    As a safety precaution, the cargo space is equipped with six eyelets to which straps can be attached to secure luggage. Suitable straps or a cargo net can be purchased from your Volvo dealer.

    The eyelets are not to be used as anchorage points for child restraint system tether straps.

    pg. 45 Cargo space lighting. Spare tire and jack (wagon)

    Cargo space lighting
    There is an extra courtesy light at the rear of the cargo space.
    1 Light comes on when the tailgate is opened
    2 The light is always OFF
    3 The light is always ON

    Spare tire and jack
    The spare tire and the jack are located beneath the floor mat in the large storage bin. Always secure the spare tire and the jack to prevent them from rattling.

    Previous Page   Next Page

    Contents | Top of Page