pg. 12 Side impact (SIPS) airbags
Location of the side impact (SIPS) airbag
Side impact airbags - front
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
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
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
WARNING!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
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. 13 Volvo Inflatable Curtain (VIC)
Volvo Inflatable Curtain (VIC)
This system consists of inflatable curtains located along the sides of the
roof liners, stretching from the center of both front side windows to the
rear edge of the rear side door windows. It is designed to help protect
the heads of the occupants of the front seats and the occupants of the
outboard rear seating positions in certain side impact collisions.
In certain side impacts, both the Inflatable Curtain (VIC) and the Side
Impact Airbag System (SIPS-bag) will deploy, whereas, in some cases,
only the Inflatable Curtain (VIC) will deploy. In cases where both the
VIC and the SIPS-bag deploy, this will occur simultaneously.
NOTE: If the inflatable curtain deploys, it remains inflated for
approximately 3 seconds.
WARNING!The VIC 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 or in rollover situations.
Never try to open or repair any components of the VIC system.
This should be done only by a trained and qualified Volvo service
In order for the VIC to provide its best protection, both front seat
occupants and both outboard rear 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 21 for guidelines.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in injury to the
vehicle occupants in an accident.
pg. 14 Inspecting SRS system components
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
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 SRS
system components. This service must be
performed by a trained and qualified Volvo
This is a sample of the decal located in the left
rear door opening
pg. 15 Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) - front
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 "rearended").
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.
WARNING!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
The WHIPS system is designed to function in certain collisions
from the rear, depending on the crash severity, angle and speed.
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.
(contd. on following page)
pg. 16 Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
WARNING!Boxes, suitcases, etc. wedged behind the front seats could impede the
function of the WHIPS system.
If the rear seat backrests are folded down, cargo must be secured to
prevent it from sliding forward against the front seat backrests in the
event of a collision from the rear. This could interfere with the action of
the WHIPS system.
If your car has been involved in a rear-end 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.
Any contact between the front seat backrests and the folded rear seat
could impede the function of the WHIPS system. If the rear seat is folded
down, the occupied front seats must be adjusted forward so that they do
not touch the folded rear seat.
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
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
It should have a label certifying that it meets applicable Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 213) - or in Canada,
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
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
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 the illustration on page 20).
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.
WARNING!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
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.
Child Restraint Anchorages
Volvo cars are fitted with child restraint top
tether anchorages in the rear seat.
Refer to the child seat manufacturer's
instructions for information on securing
the child seat.
Child restraints could be recalled for
safety reasons. You must register your
child restraint to be reached in a recall. To
stay informed about child safety seat
recalls, be sure to fill out and return the
registration card that comes with new
Child restraint recall information is
readily available in both the U.S. and
Canada. For recall information in the
U.S., call the U.S. Government's Auto
Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393 . In
Canada, visit Transport Canada's Child
Safety website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/childsafety/menu.htm.
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
excessive forces 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
Do not install rear speakers that require
the removal of the top tether anchors or
interfere with the proper use of the top
Top tether straps should be routed
beneath the head restraints.
Lower anchors for ISOFIX-equipped child
seats are located in the rear, outboard 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, and use both ISOFIX
lower anchors and top tethers whenever
Integrated booster cushion
Integrated booster cushion
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 seat belt.
Use this booster cushion only with
children who weigh between 33 and 80
lbs (15 and 36 kg) and whose height is
between 38 and 54 in (97 and 137 cm).
The child should be properly seated on the
booster cushion (see illustration in left
column). It is essential that the head restraint
be adjusted properly to help support the
child's head (see page 61).
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!DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY
Follow all instructions on the
booster cushion and in the vehicle's
MAKE SURE THE BOOSTER
CUSHION IS SECURELY
LOCKED BEFORE THE CHILD
Use this booster cushion only with
children who weigh between 33
and 80 lbs (15 and 36 kg) and
whose height is between 38 and 54
in (97 and 137 cm).
In the event of a collision while the
integrated booster cushion was occupied,
the entire booster cushion and 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
Storing the booster cushion
Fold the seat up - it will lock automatically to
NOTE: Canada only: This cushion may be
referred to as a built-in booster cushion.
Automatic 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
Attach the seat belt to the child seat
according to the child seat manufacturer's
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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