Chapter 1 - Occupant safety

pg. 1 Occupant safety

Occupant safety

Despite our strongest recommendations, and your best intentions, not wearing a seat belt is like believing "It'll never happen to me!". Volvo urges you and all adult occupants of your car to wear seat belts and ensure that children are properly restrained, using an infant, car or booster seat determined by age, weight and height.
Fact: In every state and province, some type of child-restraint legislation has been passed. Additionally, most states and provinces have already made it mandatory for occupants of a car to use seat belts.
So, urging you to "buckle up" is not just our recommendation - legislation in your state or province may mandate seat belt usage. The few seconds it takes to buckle up may one day allow you to say, "It's a good thing I was wearing my seat belt".

Chapter Contents
Page No. Subject
pg. 2 Seat belts
pg. 4 Volvo SRS
pg. 8 Side Impact Protection System - (SIPS) air bag
pg. 9 Child safety
pg. 14 Occupant safety
pg. 14 Reporting Safety Defects

pg. 2 Seat belts

Seat belts

Always fasten the seat belts before you drive or ride.
Two lights above the rear view mirror will be illuminated for 4-8 seconds after the starting (ignition) key is turned to the driving position. A chime will sound at the same time if the driver has not fastened his seat belt. The rear seats are provided with self-retracting inertia reel belts. The front seats are provided with single roller belts with tensioners.

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

  • if the belt is pulled out rapidly
  • during braking and acceleration
  • if the vehicle is leaning excessively
  • when driving in turns
    For the seat belt to provide maximum protection in the event of an accident, it must be worn correctly. When wearing the seat belt remember:
  • The belt should not be twisted or turned.
  • The lap belt must be positioned low on the hips (not pressing against the abdomen).
  • The shoulder section of the front seat belts adjusts automatically to the driver's height.
    Make sure that the shoulder belt is rolled up into its retractor and that the shoulder and lap belts are taut.
    Before exiting the car, check that the seat belt retracts fully after being unbuckled.
    If necessary, guide the belt back into the retractor slot.

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

    WARNING! 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. The seat back should not be tilted too far back. The shoulder belt must be taut in order to function properly.


    To make child seat installation easier, each seat belt buckle (except for the driver's belt) is equipped with a locking mechanism to help keep the lap section of the seat belt taut. Please refer to page 12 for more information on this function.

    WARNING! Do not use child safety seats or child booster cushions/backrests in the front passenger's seat. We also recommend that children who have outgrown these devices sit in the rear with the seat belt properly fastened.

    pg. 3 Seat belts, Center head restraint

    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.

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

    Center head restraint

    The center head restraint can be adjusted according to the passenger's height. The restraint should be carefully adjusted to support the occupant's head.
    To raise: Pull straight up
    To lower: Pull forward and push down

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