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|Chapter 1 - Occupant safety|
Not wearing a seat belt is like believing "It'll never happen to me!" Volvo, the inventor of the three-point seat belt, 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. Volvo also believes no child should sit in the front seat of a car and that no one under 4 feet 7 inches (140 cm) should ride as a passenger in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with a passenger side airbag.
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".
|Side Impact Protection System - (SIPS) airbag||8|
|Child safety, Booster cushion||11|
|Child restraint anchorages||14|
|Reporting Safety Defects||16|
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 or her seat belt. The rear seats are provided with self-retracting inertial reel belts. The front seats are provided with single roller belts with tensioners.
The front seat belts also include a tension reducing device which, in the event of a collision, limits the peak forces exerted by the seat belt on the occupant.
Pull the belt out far enough to insert the latch plate into the buckle 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:
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:
NOTE: Legislation in your state or province may mandate seat belt usage.
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.
The rear head restraints can be adjusted according to the passenger's height.
The restraint should be carefully adjusted to support the occupant's head.
The head restraint can be raised by pulling straight up or lowered by pressing the catch (1) at the base of the left head restraint support and pushing down.
When folding the rear seats flat for carrying cargo (see page 55), head restraints should be fully removed by pulling all the way up, pressing the catch at base of the left support and pulling the head restraint all the way out. Be sure to reinstall and adjust head restraints to their proper position before allowing passengers to occupy the seats.
Passenger side SRS hatch
As an enhancement to the three-point seat belt system, your Volvo is equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). The Volvo SRS consists of an airbag (2) on both the driver's and passenger's sides and seat belt tensioners in both front door pillars (4). The system is designed to supplement the protection provided by the three-point seat belt system.
The SRS system is indicated by the "SRS" embossed on the steering wheel pad and above the glove compartment, and by decals on both sun visors and on the far right side of the dash.
The airbags are folded and located in the steering wheel hub and above the glove compartment. They are designed to deploy during certain frontal or front-angular collisions, impacts, or decelerations, depending on the crash severity, angle, speed and object impacted. The airbags may also deploy in certain non-frontal collisions where rapid deceleration occurs.
The airbag system includes inflators (1) surrounded by the airbags (2) and front seat belt tensioners for both of the front seats (4). To deploy the system, the sensor (3) activates the gas generators causing the airbags to be inflated with nitrogen gas. As the movement of the seats' occupants compresses the airbags, some of the gas is expelled at a controlled rate to provide better cushioning. Both seat belt tensioners also deploy, minimizing any seat belt slack.
The entire process, including inflation and deflation of the airbags,
takes approximately two-tenths of a second.
A self-diagnostic system incorporated into the sensor monitors the SRS, SIPS and IC-system. 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 lamp should light up when the ignition is switched on and should go out after 5 seconds or when the engine is started. Check that this light is functioning properly every time the car is started.
The following items are monitored by the self-diagnostic system:
Never drive an SRS equipped car with your hands on the steering wheel pad / airbag housing.
No objects, accessory equipment or stickers may be placed on, attached to or installed near the SRS cover in the center of the steering wheel, the SRS cover above the glove compartment or the area affected by airbag deployment.
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 retailer for inspection as soon as possible.
There is no maintenance to perform on the SRS yourself. The month and year shown on the decal on the door pillar indicate when you should contact your Volvo retailer for specific servicing or replacement of airbags and seatbelt tensioners. This service must be performed by an authorized Volvo retailer.
Should you have any questions about the SRS system, please contact your authorized Volvo retailer or Volvo Customer Support:
|In the USA:||In Canada:|
|Volvo Cars of North America||Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd.|
|Customer Relations||175 Gordon Baker Road|
|P.O. Box 914||Willowdale, Ontario M2H 2N7|
|Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-0914||1-800-663-8255|
SRS texts on outside of both sun visors
SRS texts on inside of both sun visors
SRS texts on the passenger's dash
SRS text at far right of dash
NOTE: Deployment of SRS components occurs only one time during an accident. In a collision where deployment occurs, the airbags and seat belt tensioners activate. Some noise occurs and a small amount of powder is released. The release of the powder may appear as smoke-like matter. This is a normal characteristic and does not indicate fire.
NOTE: Volvo's dual-threshold airbags use special sensors that are integrated with
the front seat buckles. The point at which the airbag deploys is determined by whether or
not the seat belt is being used, as well as, the severity of the collision. Collisions can
occur where only one of the airbags deploys.
The SRS system is designed to deploy during certain frontal or front-angular collisions, impacts, or decelerations, depending on the crash severity, angle, speed and object impacted. The SRS sensor is designed to react to both the impact of the collision and the inertial forces generated by it and to determine if the intensity of the collision is sufficient for the airbags to be deployed.
If the airbags have been deployed, we recommend the following:
Not all frontal collisions activate the SRS system. If the collision involves a non-rigid object (e.g., a snow drift or bush), or a rigid, fixed object at a low speed, the SRS system will not necessarily deploy. Front airbags do not normally deploy in a side impact collision, in a collision from the rear or in a rollover situation. The amount of damage to the bodywork does not reliably indicate if the airbags should have deployed or not.
The heart of the Volvo safety system is the three-point seat belt
(a Volvo invention)! In order for the SRS system to provide the
protection intended, seat belts must be worn at all times by everyone in the
The SRS system is a supplement to the seat belts.
Before attempting to tow the car, use the following procedure to override the shiftlock system to move the gear selector to the neutral position.