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Chapter 2 - Safety

pg. 9 Safety

Occupant safety 10
Seat belts 11
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) 14
Front airbags 15
Occupant Weight Sensor - disabling the passenger's side front airbag 18
Side impact protection (SIPS) airbags 21
Door Mounted Inflatable Curtain (DMIC) 22
Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) 23
Roll-over Protection system (ROPS) 25
Collision status 26
Inspecting SRS system components 27
Child safety 28

pg. 10 Safety

Occupant safety

Volvo's concern for safety
Safety is Volvo's cornerstone. 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. Call us in the U.S. at: 1-800-458-1552 or in Canada at: 1-800-663-8255.

Occupant safety reminders
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 following suggestions are intended to help you cope with the ever changing traffic environment.

  • Never drink and drive.
  • If you are taking any medication, consult your physician about its potential effects on your driving abilities.
  • Take a driver-retraining course.
  • Have your eyes checked regularly.
  • Keep your windshield and headlights clean.
  • Replace wiper blades when they start to leave streaks.
  • Take into account the traffic, road, and weather 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 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
    Volvo strongly recommends that if your vehicle is covered under a service campaign, safety or emission recall or similar action, it should be completed as soon as possible. Please check with your local retailer or Volvo Cars of North America, LLC if your vehicle is covered under these conditions.

    NHTSA can be reached at:
    Internet:
    http://www.nhtsa.gov
    Telephone:
    1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

    pg. 11 Safety

    Seat belts


    Using seat belts
    Volvo, the inventor of the three-point seat belt, urges you and all occupants of your vehicle 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 vehicle.
    Most states and provinces make it mandatory for occupants of a vehicle to use seat belts.

    Seat belt tensioners
    The front and rear seat belts are equipped with tensioners that reduce slack in the belts. These tensioners are triggered in situations where the airbags deploy. 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.

    Buckling a seat belt
    Pull the belt out far enough to insert the latch plate into the receptacle until a distinct click 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

    When wearing the seat belt remember:

  • The belt should not be twisted or turned.
  • The lap section of the belt must be positioned low on the hips (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.

    Unbuckling the seat belt

  • To remove the seat belt, press the red section on the seat belt receptacle. Before exiting the vehicle, check that the seat belt retracts fully after being unbuckled. If necessary, guide the belt back into the retractor slot.


    warningWARNING!

    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 the event of an accident. As seat belts lose much of their strength when exposed to violent stretching, they should be replaced after any collision, even if they appear to be undamaged.

    pg. 12 Safety

    Seat belts

    warningWARNING!

  • Never repair the belt yourself; have this work done by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician only.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Seat belt use during pregnancy
    The seat belt should always be worn during pregnancy. But it is crucial that it be worn in the correct way. The diagonal section should wrap over the shoulder then be routed between the breasts and to the side of the belly. The lap section should lay flat over the thighs and as low as possible under the belly. It must never be allowed to ride upward. Remove all slack from the belt and insure that it fits close to the body without any twists.
    As a pregnancy progresses, pregnant drivers should adjust their seats and steering wheel such that they can easily maintain control of the vehicle as they drive (which means they must be able to easily operate the foot pedals and steering wheel). Within this context, they should strive to position the seat with as large a distance as possible between their belly and the steering wheel.

    Child seats
    Please refer to page 30 for information on securing child seats with the seat belts.

    pg. 13 Safety

    Seat belts


    Seat belt reminder
    The seat belt reminder consists of an audible signal, an indicator light above the rearview mirror, and a symbol in the instrument panel (see page 35 ) that alert the driver and front seat passenger if their seat belts are not fastened.

    NOTE: The function is active for a total of 6 minutes from the time the ignition is switched on.

    During the first minute:
    The seat belt reminder function only reacts if the driver has not fastened his/her seat belt.

  • The indicator light above the mirror and the symbol in the instrument panel will light up and stay lit until the seat belt has been fastened.
  • A chime will sound for 6 seconds. The frequency of the chiming increases with the speed of the car.

    After one minute has elapsed:
    The seat belt reminder reacts if the driver and/or the front seat passenger have not fastened their seat belts.

  • The indicator light above the mirror and the symbol in the instrument panel will light up and stay lit until the seat belt(s) have been fastened, or until the remaining 5 minutes of the 6-minute cycle have elapsed.
  • The chime will sound for 6 seconds, at 30-second intervals. The frequency of the chiming increases with the speed of the car. After 6 minutes, the chime will no longer sound and the indicator lights will go out.

    Seat belt maintenance
    Check periodically that the seat 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.

    pg. 14 Safety

    Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)


    Supplemental Restraint System
    As an enhancement to the three-point seat belts, your Volvo is equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Volvo's SRS consists of seat belt tensioners, front airbags, side impact airbags, the occupant weight sensor, and inflatable curtains. All of these systems are monitored by the SRS control module. An SRS warning light in the instrument panel (see the illustration above) illuminates when the ignition key is turned to position I, II, or III, and will normally go out after approximately 7 seconds if no faults are detected in the system.
    Where applicable, a text message will also be displayed when the SRS warning light illuminates. If this warning symbol is not functioning properly, the general warning symbol warningilluminates and a text message will be displayed.

    warningWARNING!

  • If the SRS warning light stays on after the engine has started or if it illuminates while you are driving, have the vehicle inspected by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician as soon as possible.
  • Never try to repair any component or part of the SRS yourself. Any interference in the system could cause malfunction and serious injury. All work on these systems should be performed by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.
  • warningWARNING!

    If your vehicle has been subjected to flood conditions (e.g. soaked carpeting/ standing water on the floor of the vehicle) or if your vehicle has become flood-damaged in any way, do not attempt to start the vehicle or put the key in the ignition before disconnecting the battery (see below). This may cause airbag deployment which could result in personal injury. Have the vehicle towed to a trained and qualified Volvo service technician for repairs.

    Automatic transmission:
    Before attempting to tow the vehicle, use the following procedure to override the shiftlock system to move the gear selector to the neutral position:

  • Switch off the ignition for at least 10 minutes and disconnect the battery
  • Wait at least one minute.
  • Insert the key in the ignition and turn it to position II.
  • Press firmly on the brake pedal.
  • Move the gear selector from (P)ark to the (N)eutral position. See page 110 for information on manually overriding the shiftlock system.
  • pg. 15 Safety

    Front airbags


    The front airbag system
    The front airbags supplement the three-point seat belts. For these airbags to provide the protection intended, seat belts must be worn at all times.
    The front airbag system includes gas generators (1) surrounded by the airbags (2) and a deceleration sensor (3) that 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 seat belt slack. The entire process, including inflation and deflation of the airbags, takes approximately one fifth of a second.
    The location of the front airbags is indicated by "SRS AIRBAG" embossed on the steering wheel pad and above the glove compartment, and by decals on both sun visors and on the front and far right side of the dash.

  • The driver's side front airbag is folded and located in the steering wheel hub.
  • The passenger's side front airbag is folded behind a panel located above the glove compartment.

    warningWARNING!

  • The airbags in the vehicle are designed to be a SUPPLEMENT to-not a replacement for-the three-point seat belts. For maximum protection, wear seat belts at all times. Be aware that no system can prevent all possible injuries that may occur in an accident.
  • Never drive a vehicle with a steering wheel-mounted airbag with your hands on the steering wheel pad/airbag housing.
  • The front airbags are designed to help prevent serious injury. Deployment occurs very quickly and with considerable force. During normal deployment and depending on variables such as seating position, one may experience abrasions, bruises, swellings, or other injuries as a result from deployment of one or both of the airbags.
  • When installing any accessory equipment, make sure that the front airbag system is not damaged. Any interference in the system could cause malfunction.
  • pg. 16 Safety

    Front airbags

    Front airbag deployment

  • The front airbags 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 SRS sensors, which trigger the front airbags, are 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 seat belt tensioners and/or airbags to be deployed.

    However, not all frontal collisions activate the front airbags.

  • If the collision involves a nonrigid object (e.g., a snow drift or bush), or a rigid, fixed object at a low speed, the front airbags 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.

    NOTE:

  • Deployment of front airbags 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.
  • Volvo's dual-threshold, dual-stage front 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. If the impact is less severe, but severe enough to present a clear injury risk, the dual-stage airbags are triggered at 70% of their total capacity. If the impact is more severe, the dual-stage airbags are triggered at full capacity.

    Should you have questions about any component in the SRS system, please contact a trained and qualified Volvo service technician or Volvo Customer Support:

    In the USA
    Volvo Cars of North America
    Customer Care Center
    P.O. Box 914 Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-0914
    1-800-458-1552
    http://www.volvocars.us

    In Canada
    Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd.
    National Customer Service
    175 Gordon Baker Road
    North York, Ontario M2H 2N7
    1-800-663-8255
    http://www.volvocanada.com

    warningWARNING!

  • Do not use child safety seats or child booster cushions/backrests in the front passenger's seat. We also recommend that occupants under 4 feet 7 inches (140 cm) in height who have outgrown these devices sit in the rear seat with the seat belt fastened(a).
  • Never drive with the airbags deployed. The fact that they hang out can impair the steering of your vehicle. 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.
  • a. See also the Occupant Weight Sensor information on page 18.

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    warningWARNING!

  • Children must never be allowed in the front passenger's seat. Volvo recommends that ALL occupants (adults and children) shorter than 4 feet 7 inches (140 cm) be seated in the back seat of any vehicle with a passenger-side front airbag. See page 30 for guidelines.
  • Occupants in the front passenger's seat must never sit on the edge of the seat, sit leaning toward the instrument panel or otherwise sit out of position.
  • The occupant's back must be as upright as comfort allows and be against the seat back with the seat belt properly fastened.
  • Feet must be on the floor, e.g., not on the dash, seat or out of the window.

  • warningWARNING!

  • No objects or accessory equipment, e.g. dashboard covers, may be placed on, attached to, or installed near the air bag hatch (the area above the glove compartment) or the area affected by airbag deployment (see the illustration on page 14).
  • There should be no loose articles, e.g. coffee cups, on the floor, seat, or dashboard area.
  • Never try to open the airbag cover on the steering wheel or the passenger's side dashboard. This should only be done by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.

    Failure to follow these instructions can result in injury to the vehicle occupants.

  • pg. 18 Safety

    Occupant Weight Sensor - disabling the passenger's side front airbag


    Disabling the passenger's side front airbag
    Volvo recommends that ALL occupants (adults and children) shorter than 4 feet 7 inches (140 cm) be seated in the back seat of any vehicle with a front passenger side airbag, and be properly restrained for their size and weight. See also the child safety recommendations on page 30.

    The passenger's side front airbag is automatically enabled/disabled by the Occupant Weight Sensor (OWS), a system that monitors the weight of the person or object in the front passenger's seat. The system consists of a silicone-filled bag located under the padding in the front passenger's seat cushion, a control module located under this seat, and a seat belt tension sensor, located on the outboard side of the seat.

    The OWS system continuously monitors the pressure on the front passenger's seat cushion and the tension applied to the seat belt. Based on this data, OWS assesses the weight of the occupant or object in the front passenger's seat. This information is transmitted to the SRS system control module, which enables or disables the passenger's side front airbag accordingly, as indicated in the table on the following page.
    If the system is functioning normally, the status of the front passenger's side airbag (enabled/disabled) will be shown by the OWS indicator light as explained in the table on the following page. The OWS indicator light is separate and in addition to the SRS warning light in the instrument panel.

    NOTE: When the ignition is switched on, the OWS indicator light will go on for up to 10 seconds while the system performs a self-diagnostic test. The light will then go out unless the seat is occupied by a low weight occupant/object.
    However, if a fault is detected in the system:

  • The OWS indicator light will stay on
  • The SRS warning light (see page 14) will come on and stay on
  • The message PASS. AIRBAG OFF SERVICE URGENT will be displayed in the information display.

    warningWARNING!

    If a fault in the system is detected and indicated as explained on the preceding page, be aware that the passenger's side front airbag will not deploy in the event of a collision. In this case, the SRS system and Occupant Weight Sensor should be inspected by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician as soon as possible.

    warningWARNING!

  • Never try to open, remove, or repair any components in the OWS system. This could result in system malfunction. Maintenance or repairs should only be carried out by an a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.
  • The front passenger's seat should not be modified in any way. This could reduce pressure on the seat cushion, which might interfere with the OWS system's function.
  • pg. 19 Safety

    Occupant Weight Sensor - disabling the passenger's side front airbag


    a. Volvo recommends that children always be properly restrained in appropriate child restraints in the rear seats. In rare situations when the seat belt is not latched, some child restraint systems may not be detected by the OWS because there is very little weight on the vehicle seat cushion. In these cases the airbag may be turned off but the "passenger airbag off" indicator would not be lit. DO NOT assume the front passenger airbag is turned off unless the indicator is lit. Make sure the child restraint is properly belted and that the indicator is lit, or move the child restraint to the rear seat.

    Modifications
    If you are considering modifying your vehicle in any way to accommodate a disability, for example by altering or adapting the driver's or front passenger's seat(s) and/or airbag systems, please contact Volvo at:

    In the USA
    Volvo Cars of North America
    Customer Care Center
    P.O. Box 914 Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-0914
    1-800-458-1552

    In Canada
    Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd.
    National Customer Service
    175 Gordon Baker Road
    North York, Ontario M2H 2N7
    1-800-663-8255

    pg. 20 Safety

    Occupant Weight Sensor - disabling the passenger's side front airbag

    warningWARNING!

  • No objects that add to the total weight on the seat should be placed on the front passenger's seat. If a child is seated in the front passenger's seat with any additional weight, this extra weight could cause the OWS system to enable the airbag, which might cause it to deploy in the event of a collision, thereby injuring the child.
  • The seat belt should never be wrapped around an object on the front passenger's seat. This could interfere with the OWS system's function.
  • The front passenger's seat belt should never be used in a way that exerts more pressure on the passenger than normal. This could increase the pressure exerted on the weight sensor by a child, and could result in the airbag being enabled, which might cause it to deploy in the event of a collision, thereby injuring the child.
  • warningWARNING!

    Keep the following points in mind with respect to the OWS system. Failure to follow these instructions could adversely affect the system's function and result in serious injury to the occupant of the front passenger's seat:

  • The full weight of the front seat passenger should always be on the seat cushion. The passenger should never lift him/herself off the seat cushion using the armrest in the door or the center console, by pressing the feet on the floor, by sitting on the edge of the seat cushion, or by pressing against the backrest in a way that reduces pressure on the seat cushion. This could cause OWS to disable the front, passenger's side airbag.
  • Do not place any type of object on the front passenger's seat in such a way that jamming, pressing, or squeezing occurs between the object and the front seat, other than as a direct result of the correct use of the ALR/ELR seat belt (see page 30).
  • No objects should be placed under the front passenger's seat. This could interfere with the OWS system's function.
  • pg. 21 Safety

    Side impact protection (SIPS) airbags


    Side impact airbags - front seats only
    As an enhancement to the structural side impact protection built into your car, the car is also equipped with Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) airbags.
    The SIPS airbag system is designed to help increase occupant protection in the event of certain side impact collisions. The SIPS airbags are designed to deploy only during certain side-impact collisions, depending on the crash severity, angle, speed and point of impact.

    NOTE: SIPS airbag deployment (one airbag) occurs only on the side of the vehicle affected by the impact. The airbags are not designed to deploy in all side impact situations.


    Components in the SIPS airbag system
    This SIPS airbag system consists of a gas generator (1), the side airbag modules built into the outboard sides of both front seat backrests (2), and electronic sensors/wiring (3).

    warningWARNING!

  • The SIPS airbag system is a supplement to the structural 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.
  • Never try to open or repair any components of the SIPS airbag system. This should be done only by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.
  • In order for the SIPS airbag to provide its best protection, both front seat occupants should sit in an upright position with the seat belt properly fastened.
  • Failure to follow these instructions can result in injury to the occupants of the vehicle in the event of an accident.
  • pg. 22 Safety

    Door Mounted Inflatable Curtain (DMIC)


    The Door Mounted Inflatable Curtain system
    The DMIC is a supplement to the structural side impact protection. These inflatable curtains are concealed in the upper section of the driver and passenger doors.

  • The Inflatable Curtain (DMIC) and the Side Impact Airbag System (SIPS-bag) will both deploy in certain side impacts.
  • In certain situations in which there is a roll-over risk, only the inflatable curtain (DMIC) may deploy.


    NOTE:

  • DMIC deployment can occur regardless of whether the power retractable hard top is up or down.
  • If the inflatable curtain deploys, it remains inflated for approximately 5 seconds.

    warningWARNING!

  • The DMIC system is a supplement to the Side Impact Protection System. It is not designed to deploy during collisions from the front or rear of the car. It only provides protection for the occupants of the front seats.
  • Never install or mount any equipment on the insides of the doors, door pillars, or side panels. This could impede the function of the DMIC system.
  • Never try to open or repair any components of the DMIC system. This should be done only by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.
  • warningWARNING!

    In order for the DMIC to provide its best protection, both front seat occupants should sit in an upright position with the seat belt properly fastened; adults using the seat belt and children using the proper child restraint system. Only adults should sit in the front seats. Children must never be allowed in the front passenger seat. See page 30 for guidelines. Failure to follow these instructions can result in injury to the vehicle occupants in an accident.

    pg. 23 Safety

    Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)


    Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) - front seats only
    The WHIPS system consists of specially designed hinges and brackets on the front seat backrests designed to help absorb some of the energy generated in a collision from the rear (when the vehicle is "rear-ended"). In the event of a collision of this type, the hinges and brackets of the front seat backrests are designed to change position slightly to allow the backrest/head restraint to help support the occupant's head before moving slightly rearward. This movement helps absorb some of the forces that could result in whiplash.

    warningWARNING!

  • The WHIPS system is designed to supplement the other safety systems in your car. For this system to function properly, the three-point seat belt must be worn. Please be aware that no system can prevent all possible injuries that may occur in an accident.
  • The WHIPS system is designed to function in certain collisions from the rear, depending on the crash severity, angle and speed.
  • warningWARNING!

    Occupants in the front seats must never sit out of position. The occupant's back must be as upright as comfort allows and be against the seat back with the seat belt properly fastened.

    warningWARNING!

  • If your car has been involved in a rearend collision, the front seat backrests must be inspected by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician, even if the seats appear to be undamaged. Certain components in the WHIPS system may need to be replaced.
  • Do not attempt to service any component in the WHIPS system yourself.
  • pg. 24 Safety

    Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)


    warningWARNING!

    Boxes, suitcases, etc. wedged behind the front seats could impede the function of the WHIPS system.

    pg. 25 Safety

    Roll-over Protection system (ROPS)


    Roll-over Protection system (ROPS)
    The ROPS system consists of two roll bars located behind the rear seat head restraints, and a sensor that monitors the roll or pitch angle of the car.
    If the car rolls or pitches beyond a preset angle, the roll bars are automatically deployed (raised).

    NOTE:

  • The ROPS system is designed to function regardless of whether the power retractable hard top is up or down. By design, the tops of the roll bars are equipped with a point in order to pierce the rear window if the top is up.
  • If ROPS has deployed, the system should be inspected and repaired if necessary by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.

    warningWARNING!

  • The rear seat of the Volvo C70 is intended for two occupants, and only two rear seat belts are provided. The center section of the seat should never be used to seat a passenger.
  • No objects should be placed over the roll bars or behind the rear seat head restraints.
  • All repairs or maintenance to the ROPS system should only be performed by a trained Volvo service technician.
  • pg. 26 Safety

    Collision status


    Driving after a collision
    If the car has been involved in a collision, the text CRASH STATUS SEE MANUAL may appear in the information display. This indicates that the car's functionality has been reduced.

    NOTE: This text can only be shown if the display is undamaged and the car's electrical system is intact.

    COLLISION STATUS is a feature that is triggered if one or more of the safety systems (e.g. front or side airbags, an inflatable curtain, or one or more of the seat belt tensioners) has deployed. The collision may have damaged an important function in the car, such as the fuel lines, sensors for one of the safety systems, the brake system, etc.

    warningWARNING!

  • Never attempt to repair the car yourself or to reset the electrical system after the car has displayed CRASH STATUS SEE MANUAL. This could result in injury or improper system function.
  • Restoring the car to normal operating status should only be done by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.
  • After CRASH STATUS SEE MANUAL has been displayed, if you detect the odor of fuel vapor, or see any signs of fuel leakage, do not attempt to start the car. Leave the car immediately.
  • Attempting to start the car
    If damage to the car is minor and there is no fuel leakage, you may attempt to start the car. To do so:

  • Remove the ignition key.
  • Reinsert the key in the ignition switch. The car will then attempt to reset COLLISION STATUS to normal status.
  • Try to start the car.

    Moving the car
    If the electrical system is able to reset system status to normal (CRASH STATUS SEE MANUAL will no longer be shown in the display), the car may be moved carefully from its present position, if for example, it is blocking traffic. It should, however, not be moved farther than is absolutely necessary.

    warningWARNING!

    Even if the car appears to be drivable after COLLISION STATUS has been set, it should not be driven or towed (pulled by another vehicle). There may be concealed damage that could make it difficult or impossible to control. The car should be transported on a flatbed tow truck to a trained and qualified Volvo service technician for inspection/repairs.

    pg. 27 Safety

    Inspecting SRS system components

    Inspection date
    1. Driver's side airbag
    2. Passenger's side airbag
    3. Side airbag on the driver's side
    4. Side airbag on the passenger's side
    5. Driver's side inflatable curtain
    6. Passenger's side inflatable curtain

    warningWARNING!

    There is no owner maintenance that can be performed on the SRS system. The month and year shown on the decal to the right (located on door pillar) indicate when you should contact your Volvo retailer for specific servicing or replacement of airbag system components. This service must be performed by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.


    pg. 28 Safety

    Child safety

    Children should be seated safely
    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.

    Your car is also equipped with ISOFIX/ LATCH attachments, which make it more convenient to install child seats.

    Some 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 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) - 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 carefully look 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.

    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. Legislation in your state or province may mandate the use of a child seat or cushion in combination with the seat belt, depending on the child's age and/or size. Please check local regulations.

    A specially designed and tested booster cushion (not available in Canada) can be obtained from your Volvo retailer for children weighing 33 - 80 lb. (15 - 36 kg) and 38-54 inches (97 - 137 cm) in height.

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    warningWARNING!

    Do not use child safety seats or child booster cushions/backrests in the front passenger's seat. We also recommend that children under 4 feet 7 inches (140 cm) in height who have outgrown these devices sit in the rear seat with the seat belt fastened.
    Keep vehicle doors and trunk locked and keep keys out of a child's reach. Unsupervised children could lock themselves in an open trunk and risk injury. Children should be taught not to play in vehicles.
    On hot days, the temperature in the trunk or vehicle interior can rise very quickly. Exposure to these high temperatures for even a short period of time can cause heat-related injury or death. Small children are particularly at risk.


    ISOFIX/LATCH anchors
    Lower anchors for ISOFIX-equipped child seats are located in the rear seats, hidden below the backrest cushions. Symbols on the seat back upholstery mark the anchor positions as shown. To access the anchors, kneel on the seat cushion and locate the anchors by feel. Always follow your child seat manufacturer's installation instructions.

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    Automatic Locking Retractor/ Emergency Locking Retractor
    To make child seat installation easier, each seat belt (except for the driver's belt) is equipped with a locking mechanism to help keep the seat belt taut.

    When attaching the seat belt to a child seat:

  • Attach the seat belt to the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions.
  • Pull the seat belt out as far as possible.
  • Insert the seat belt latch plate into the buckle (lock) in the usual way.
  • Release the seat belt and pull it taut around the child seat.

    A sound from the seat belt retractor will be audible at this time and is normal. The belt will now be locked in place. This function is automatically disabled when the seat belt is unlocked and the belt is fully retracted.

    Volvo's recommendations
    Why does Volvo believe that no child should sit in the front seat of a car? It's quite simple really. A front airbag is a very powerful device designed, by law, to help protect an adult.
    Because of the size of the airbag and its speed of inflation, a child should never be placed in the front seat, even if he or she is properly belted or strapped into a child safety seat. Volvo has been an innovator in safety for over seventy-five years, and we'll continue to do our part. But we need your help. Please remember to put your children in the back seat, and buckle them up.

    warningWARNING!

    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.

    Volvo has some very specific recommendations:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Airbags are a SUPPLEMENTAL safety device which, when used with a three-point seat belt can help reduce serious injuries during certain types of accidents. Volvo recommends that you do not disconnect the airbag system in your vehicle.
  • Volvo strongly recommends that everyone in the vehicle be properly restrained.
  • Volvo recommends that ALL occupants (adults and children) shorter than 4 feet 7 inches (140 cm) be seated in the back seat of any vehicle with a front passenger side airbag.

    Drive safely!



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