pg. 8 Volvo Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) airbag

SIPS airbag decal *

SIPS airbag (front seats only)

As an enhancement to the structural Side Impact Protection System built into your car, your car is also equipped with Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) airbags. The SIPS airbag system consists of airbag modules built into the sides of both front seat backrests (1), cables (2) from these modules to the mechanical sensor units (3) and gas generators (4). The SIPS airbag system is designed to help increase occupant protection in the event of certain side impact collisions. The SIPS airbags aredesigned to deploy only during certain side-impact collisions, depending on the crash severity, angle, speed, and point of impact. The airbags are not designed to deploy in all side impact situations.


  • The SIPS airbag system is a supplement to the Side Impact Protection System and the three-point seat belt system. It is not designed to deploy during collisions from the front or rear of the car or in rollover situations.
  • The use of seat covers on the front seats may impede SIPS airbag deployment.
  • No objects, accessory equipment or stickers may be placed on, attached to or installed near the SIPS airbag system or in the area affected by SIPS airbag deployment (see illustration to the right above).
  • Never try to open or repair any components of the SIPS airbag system. This should only be done by an authorized Volvo service technician.
  • For best protection from the SIPS airbag system, both front seat occupants should sit in an upright position with the seat belt properly fastened.

  • NOTE: SIPS airbag deployment (one airbag) occurs only on the side of the vehicle affected by the impact.

    * A SIPS airbag warning decal is located at the end of the instrument panel on the driver's side of the car.

    1 - Airbag, 2 - cable, 3 - sensor unit, 4 - gas generator


  • Never drive with the airbags deployed. The fact that they hang out can impair the steering of your car. Other safety systems can also be damaged. The smoke and dust formed when the airbags are deployed can cause skin and eye irritation in the event of prolonged exposure.
  • If your car has been subjected to flood conditions (e.g. soaked carpeting/standing water on the floor of the vehicle) or if your car has become flood-damaged in any way, do not attempt to start the vehicle or put the key in the ignition beforedisconnecting the battery. This may cause airbag deployment which could result in personal injury. Have the car towed to an authorized Volvo retailer for repairs.

  • pg. 9 Child safety


    Child Restraint Anchorages

    Volvo cars are fitted with Child Restraint Top Tether Anchorages in the rear seat.
    Sedans: There are three pre-drilled anchorage points under the rear window shelf which are not visible from the passenger compartment.
    Wagons: The anchorage points are on the rear seat backrest and are hidden by plastic covers. The backrest must be folded down to access the center anchorage point.

    In cars designed for Canada, one top tether anchorage set will be in the glove box.

    Installing the top tether

    Sedans: The pre-drilled holes for the child restraint anchorages are underneath the rear window shelf and can be accessed from the trunk or by lowering the rear seat backrests.
    Wagons: Remove the plastic cover from the anchorage point you intend to use.

    On either model, refer to the child seat manufacturer's instructions for securing the seat.

    A - 10 mm spacer, B - anchorage plate, C - 5/16" UNC bolt

    WARNING! 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 excessiveforces on them in the event of collision if full harness seat belts or adult seat belts are installed to them. An adult who uses a belt anchored in a Child Restraint Anchorage runs a great risk of suffering severe injuries should a collision occur. Do not install rear speakers which would require the removal of the top tether anchors or interfere with the proper use of the top tether strap.

    pg. 10 Child safety (cont.)

    Integrated booster cushion:
    1 - Sedan 2 - Wagon

    Integrated booster cushion (optional)

    Volvo's own integrated booster cushion has been specially designed to help safeguard a child seated in the center position of the rear seat. When using the integrated booster cushion, the child must be secured with the vehicle's three-point seatbelt. The booster cushion is approved for children weighing between 15 and 36 kg (33 and 80 lbs) and between 97 and 137 cm (38 and 54 in ) in height. It is not intended for children under 3 years of age.

    The child should be properly seated on the booster cushion (see illustrations 1 and 2 in left column). For small children, the booster cushion backrest can be tilted back slightly by raising the center head restraint above the upper edge of the booster cushion backrest (3) and tilting the backrest (4). For taller children, it is essential that the head restraint be adjusted properly to help support the child's head (see page 3).
    The hip section of the three-point seat belt must fit snugly across the child's hips, not across the stomach. The shoulder section of the three-point seat belt should be positioned across the chest and shoulder (see illustration). The shoulder belt must never be placed behind the child's back or under the arm.

    WARNING! Failure to follow the instructions on this page will increase the risk of your child being injured during a sudden stop or collision. In the event of a collision while the integrated booster cushion was occupied, the entire booster cushion and center seat belt must be replaced. The booster cushion should also be replaced if it is badly worn or damaged in any way. This work should be performed by an authorized Volvo retailer only. The booster cushion should be cleaned while in place in the vehicle if possible. If not, please consult your Volvo retailer.

    pg. 11 Child safety (cont.)

    Storing the booster cushion

    To store (fold up):

  • Fold down the booster cushion backrest to the seat section (A)
  • Snap the backrest snap to the fastener on the seat (B)
  • Fold up the booster cushion unit (C)

    NOTE: The booster cushion must be folded down as one unit. If the backrest is not strapped to the seat section of the cushion, the backrest hinges may lock.

    Auxiliary seat - A-Fold up, B-Fold down

    Auxiliary seat (optional)

    If all the seats are occupied, a rear-facing auxiliary seat in the cargo area of the wagon models can be used. This seat is designed for two children, each weighing between 23 - 40 kg (50 - 88 lbs.) and up to 150 cm (59 inches) in height.

    WARNING! Both rear seat backrests must be up when the auxiliary seat is being used.
    Do not use a booster cushion or child seat in conjunction with the auxiliary seat. The luggage net should be retracted and the child safety lock in the tailgate should be open to allow access to the cargo area.

    pg. 12 Child safety (cont.)

    A-Lap section of belt locked in place, B-Lap section functions normally

    Keeping child seats in place (spool-out)

    To make child restraint 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.

    When attaching the seat belt to a child restraint:

  • Make sure the red lock button is moved to the right (see illustration A). A coin, etc.. can be used to move the button.
  • Attach the seat belt to the child restraint according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions.
  • Pull the lap section of the seat belt taut.
    The lap section of the seat belt cannot be loosened as long as the red lock button is in the right position. The lap section of the seat belt can be adjusted when the lock button is in the left position (see illustration B).

    NOTE: Before exiting the car, check that the seat belt retracts fully after being unbuckled. If necessary, guide the belt back into the retractor slot. When not in use, the child restraint should be secured with the seat belt to help prevent movementduring a sudden stop.

    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 seat with the seat belt properly fastened.


    Why Volvo believes no child should sit in the front seat of a car.
    It's quite simple really. A front air bag is a very powerful device designed, by law, to help protect an adult. Because of the size of the air bag and its speed of inflation, a child should never be placed in the front seat, even if he or shed is properly belted or strapped into a child safety seat. Volvo has been an innovator in safety for over fifty years, and we'll continue to do our part. But we need your children in the back seat, and buckle them up.
    Volvo has some very specific recommendations:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Air bags are a SUPPLEMENTAL safety device which when used in conjunction with a three-point seat belt can help reduce serious injuries during certain types of severe accidents. Please do not disconnect the air bag system in your vehicle.
  • Volvo strongly recommends that ALL children sit in the rear seat of any vehicle and that they be properly restrained.
  • A child should NEVER sit in the front passenger seat of any vehicle equipped with a front passenger side airbag.
  • Volvo recommends that ALL occupants (adults and children) shorter than four feet seven inches (140 cm) be seated in the back seat of any vehicle with a front passenger side airbag.
    Drive safely!

    pg. 13 Child safety (cont.)

    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 can help 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 bystriking 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 chanceof injuries 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 retailer for top tether anchorage and installation information.

    When a child has outgrown the child safety seat, you should use the rear seat with the standard seat belt fastened. The best way to help protect the child here is to place the child on a cushion so that the seat belt is properly located on the hips (see page 10).
    A specially designed and tested booster (not available in Canada) cushion for children between 22.7 - 36 kg (50 - 80 lbs) and 117 - 137 cm (46 - 54") can be obtained from your Volvo retailer.
    If necessary, an auxiliary seat for children is available for use in the luggage compartment of station wagon models. This seat is designed for two children, each weighing between 23 - 40 kg (50 - 88 lbs.) and up to 150 cm (59 inches) in height.


  • When using the auxiliary seat for children, both sections of the rear seat backrest must be secured in the upright position
  • Do not use a booster cushion or child seat in conjunction with the auxiliary seat.

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