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Seat belt maintenance


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 and pull rapidly on the strap.


Volvo Concern for Safety


Safety is the cornerstone for Volvo. Our concern dates back to 1927 when the first Volvo rolled off the production line. Three-point seat belts (a Volvo invention), safety cages, and energy-absorbing impact zones were designed into Volvo cars long before it was fashionable or required by government regulation. We will not compromise our commitment to safety. We continue to seek out new safety features and to refine those already in our cars. You can help. We would appreciate hearing your suggestions about improving automobile safety. We also want to know if you ever have a safety concern with your car.


Occupant safety


How safely you drive doesn't depend on how old you are but rather on:

  • how well you see
  • your ability to concentrate
  • how quickly you make decisions under stress to avoid an accident.
    The tips listed below are suggestions to help you cope with the ever changing traffic environment.
  • Never drink and driver.
  • If you are taking any medication, consult your physician about its potential effects on your driving abilities.
  • Take a driver-retaining course
  • Have your eyes checked regularly
  • Keep your windshield and headlamps clean.
  • Replace wiper blades when they start to leave streaks.
  • Take into account the traffic, road, and water conditions, particularly with regard to stopping distance.


    Reporting Safety Defects in the U.S.


    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Volvo Cars of North America. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you,your retailer, or Volvo Cars of North America. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHSTA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.




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