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Occupant safety14
Reporting safety defects15
Safety in the passenger compartment16
Crash mode30
Child safety31
Child restraint systems34
Infant seats36
Convertible seats38
Booster cushions41
ISOFIX lower anchors42
Top tether anchors43
Child restraint registration and recalls44
Integrated booster cushion45
Child safety locks48

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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 vehicles 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 vehicles. 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 vehicle. 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.

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    Reporting safety defects

    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, LLC. 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, LLC. 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:

    http://www.safercar.gov

    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).

    Reporting safety defects in Canada

    If you believe your vehicle has a defect that could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform Transport Canada in addition to notifying Volvo Cars of Canada Corp.

    To contact Transport Canada, call (800) 333- 0510, or (613) 993-9851 if you are calling from the Ottawa region.

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    Seat belts

    Using seat belts
    Seat belts should always be worn by all occupants of your vehicle. Children should be 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 pretensioners
    All seat belts are equipped with pretensioners that reduce slack in the belts. These pretensioners are triggered in situations where the front or side impact airbags deploy, and in certain impacts from the rear. 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.

    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. See page 33 for more information regarding the Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR).

    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.

    Seat belt reminder
    The seat belt reminder consists of an audible signal and a symbol in the instrument panel that alert the driver if his/her seat belt is not fastened.

    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.

    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

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    function as follows: attach the seat belt and pull rapidly on the strap.

    warning WARNING
    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.

    warning WARNING
  • 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 ensure 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 34 for information on securing child seats with the seat belts.

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    Supplemental restraint system

    Warning symbols in the instrument panel
    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 pretensioners, front airbags, side impact airbags, a front passenger 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) illuminates when the ignition is in modes I, II, or III, and will normally go out after approximately 6 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 illuminates and a text message will be displayed. See also pages 75 and 76 for more information about indicator and warning symbols.

    warning WARNING
  • 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.
  • warning WARNING
    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 insert the remote control into the ignition slot 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 remote control into the ignition slot and press the Start button (without depressing brake pedal) to go to ignition mode II. See page 80 for more information.
  • Press firmly on the brake pedal.
  • Move the gear selector from Park (P) to the Neutral (N) position. See page 111 for information on manually overriding the shiftlock system.
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    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 surrounded by the airbags, and deceleration sensors that activate 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 pretensioners 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.

    warning WARNING
  • 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.
  • 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

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    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 pretensioners 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.

    warning WARNING
  • 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 fastened1.
  • 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.
  • 1See also the Occupant Weight Sensor information on page 22.

    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, LLC
    Customer Care Center
    P.O. Box 914 Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-0914
    1-800-458-1552
    www.volvocars.us

    In Canada:

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

    note NOTE
  • Deployment of front airbags occurs only one time during an accident. In a collision where deployment occurs, the airbags and seat belt pretensioners 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 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 airbags are triggered at partial capacity. If the impact is more severe, the airbags are triggered at full capacity.
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    Airbag decals

    warning WARNING
  • 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 33 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.
  • warning WARNING
  • 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 19).
  • 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.
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    Occupant Weight Sensor

    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 33.

    The Occupant Weight Sensor (OWS) is designed to meet the regulatory requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208 and is designed to disable (will not inflate) the passenger's side front airbag under certain conditions.

    The OWS works with sensors that are part of the front passenger's seat and seat belt. The sensors are designed to detect the presence of a properly seated occupant and determine if the passenger's side front airbag should be enabled (may inflate) or disabled (will not inflate).

    The OWS will disable (will not inflate) the passenger's side front airbag when:

  • the front passenger's seat is unoccupied, or has small/medium objects in the front seat,
  • the system determines that an infant is present in a rear-facing infant seat that is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions,
  • the system determines that a small child is present in a forward-facing child restraint that is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions,
  • the system determines that a small child is present in a booster seat,
  • a front passenger takes his/her weight off of the seat for a period of time,
  • a child or a small person occupies the front passenger's seat.

    The OWS uses a PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp which will illuminate and stay on to remind you that the passenger's side front airbag is disabled. The PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp is located in the overhead console, near the base of the rearview mirror.

    note 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.

    However, if a fault is detected in the system:

  • The OWS indicator light will stay on
  • The SRS warning light (see page 18) will come on and stay on
  • The message PASS. AIRBAG OFF SERVICE URGENT will be displayed in the information display.

    warning WARNING
    If a fault in the system is detected and indicated as described, 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.

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    warning WARNING
  • 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.
  • 1Volvo recommends that children always be properly restrained in appropriate child restraints in the rear seats. Do not assume that the passenger's side front airbag is disabled unless the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp is lit. Make sure the child restraint is properly installed. If there is any doubt as to the status of the passenger's side front airbag, move the child restraint to the rear seat.

    The OWS is designed to enable (may inflate) the passenger's side front airbag anytime the system senses that a person of adult size is sitting properly in the front passenger's seat. The PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp will be off and remain off.

    If a person of adult size is sitting in the front passenger's seat, but the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp is on, it is possible that the person isn't sitting properly in the seat. If this happens:

  • Turn the vehicle off and ask the person to place the seatback in an upright position.
  • Have the person sit upright in the seat, centered on the seat cushion, with the person's legs comfortably extended.
  • Restart the vehicle and have the person remain in this position for about two minutes. This will allow the system to detect that person and enable the passenger's frontal airbag.
  • If the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator lamp remains on even after this, the person should be advised to ride in the rear seat.

    This condition reflects limitations of the OWS classification capability. It does not indicate OWS malfunction.

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    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, LLC
    Customer Care Center
    P.O. Box 914 Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-0914
    1-800-458-1552

    In Canada:

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

    warning WARNING
  • 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.
  • warning WARNING
  • 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 Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) seat belt (see page 33).
  • No objects should be placed under the front passenger's seat. This could interfere with the OWS system's function.
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    Side impact protection (SIPS) airbags

    Side impact airbags - front seats only
    As an enhancement to the structural side impact protection built into your vehicle, it 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 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.

    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, the side airbag modules built into

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    the outboard sides of both front seat backrests, and electronic sensors/wiring.

    warning 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 vehicle 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.
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    Volvo Inflatable Curtain (VIC)

    The Volvo Inflatable Curtain system
    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 occupant 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 airbag) will deploy. The VIC and the SIPS airbag deploy simultaneously.

    note NOTE
    If the inflatable curtain deploys, it remains inflated for approximately 3 seconds.

    warning 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 vehicle 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 technician.
  • Never hang heavy items from the ceiling handles. This could impede deployment of the Inflatable Curtain.
  • warning WARNING
    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 33 for guidelines. Failure to follow these instructions can result in injury to the vehicle occupants in an accident.

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    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.

    warning WARNING
  • The WHIPS system is designed to supplement the other safety systems in your vehicle. 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.
  • warning WARNING
    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.

    warning WARNING
  • If your vehicle 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.
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    warning 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.
  • warning WARNING
    Any contact between the front seat backrests and the folded rear seat or a rear-facing child 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.

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    Crash mode

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

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

    Safety mode 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 pretensioners) has deployed. The collision may have damaged an important function in the vehicle, such as the fuel lines, sensors for one of the safety systems, the brake system, etc.

    warning WARNING
  • Never attempt to repair the vehicle yourself or to reset the electrical system after the vehicle has displayed SAFETY MODE SEE MANUAL. This could result in injury or improper system function.
  • Restoring the vehicle to normal operating status should only be done by a trained and qualified Volvo service technician.
  • After SAFETY MODE 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 vehicle. Leave the vehicle immediately.
  • Attempting to start the vehicle
    If damage to the vehicle is minor and there is no fuel leakage, you may attempt to start the vehicle. To do so:

    1. Remove the remote control from the ignition slot.

    2. Reinsert the remote in the ignition slot. The vehicle will then attempt to reset Safety mode to normal status.

    3. Try to start the vehicle.

    Moving the vehicle
    If the electrical system is able to reset system status to normal (SAFETY MODE SEE MANUAL will no longer be shown in the display), the vehicle 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.

    warning WARNING
    Even if the vehicle appears to be drivable after Safety mode 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 vehicle should be transported on a flatbed tow truck to a trained and qualified Volvo service technician for inspection/repairs.

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    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 vehicle.

    Your vehicle 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 vehicles 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 vehicle. 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 (see the illustration on page 41). 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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    warning 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 remote controls 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.
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    Child safety

    Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR)

    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:
    1. Attach the seat belt to the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions.

    2. Pull the seat belt out as far as possible.

    3. Insert the seat belt latch plate into the buckle (lock) in the usual way.

    4. 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.

    warning 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.

    Volvo's recommendations
    Why does Volvo believe that no child should sit in the front seat of a vehicle? 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.

    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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    Child restraint systems

    Child restraints

    There are three main types of child restraint systems: infant seats, convertible seats, and booster cushions. They are classified according to the child's age and size.

    The following section provides general information on securing a child restraint using a three-point seat belt. Refer to pages 42-43 for information on securing a child restraint using ISOFIX lower anchors and/or top tether anchorages.

    warning WARNING
    A child seat should never be used in the front passenger seat of any vehicle with a front passenger airbag - not even if the "Passenger airbag off" symbol near the rear-view mirror is illuminated (on vehicles equipped with Occupant Weight Sensor). If the severity of an accident were to cause the airbag to inflate, this could lead to serious injury or death to a child seated in this position.

    warning WARNING
    Always refer to the child restraint manufacturer's instructions for detailed information on securing the restraint.

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    warning WARNING
  • When not in use, keep the child restraint system secured or remove it from the passenger compartment to help prevent it from injuring passengers in the event of a sudden stop or collision.
  • A small child's head represents a considerable part of its total weight and its neck is still very weak. Volvo recommends that children up to age 4 travel, properly restrained, facing rearward. In addition, Volvo recommends that children should ride rearward facing, properly restrained, as long as possible.
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    Infant seats

    Securing an infant seat with a seat belt

    note NOTE
    Refer to pages 42-43 for information on securing a child restraint using ISOFIX lower anchors and/or top tether anchorages.

    1. Place the infant seat in the rear seat of the vehicle.

    2. Attach the seat belt to the infant seat according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    3. Fasten the seat belt by inserting the latch plate into the buckle (lock) until a distinct click is audible.

    warning WARNING
  • An infant seat must be in the rear-facing position only.
  • The infant seat should not be positioned behind the driver's seat unless there is adequate space for safe installation.
  • warning WARNING
    A child seat should never be used in the front passenger seat of any vehicle with a front passenger airbag - not even if the "Passenger airbag off" symbol near the rear-view mirror is illuminated (on vehicles equipped with Occupant Weight Sensor). If the severity of an accident were to cause the airbag to inflate, this could lead to serious injury or death to a child seated in this position.

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    4. Pull the shoulder section of the seat belt out as far as possible to activate the belt's automatic locking function.

    5. Press the infant seat firmly in place, let the seat belt retract and pull it taut. A sound from the seat belt retractor's automatic locking function will be audible at this time and is normal. The seat belt should now be locked in place.

    note NOTE
    The locking retractor will automatically release when the seat belt is unbuckled and allowed to retract fully.

    6. Push and pull the infant seat to ensure that it is held securely in place by the seat belt.

    warning WARNING
    It should not be possible to move the child restraint more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) in any direction.

    The infant seat can be removed by unbuckling the seat belt and letting it retract completely.

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    Convertible seats

    Securing a convertible seat with a seat belt

    note NOTE
    Refer to pages 42-43 for information on securing a child restraint using ISOFIX lower anchors and/or top tether anchorages.

    Convertible seats can be used in either a forward or rearward-facing position, depending on the age and size of the child.

    warning WARNING
    Always use a convertible seat that is suitable for the child's age and size. See the convertible seat manufacturer's recommendations.

    1. Place the convertible seat in the rear seat of the vehicle.

    2. Attach the seat belt to the convertible seat according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    warning WARNING
  • A small child's head represents a considerable part of its total weight and its neck is still very weak. Volvo recommends that children up to age 4 travel, properly restrained, facing rearward. In addition, Volvo recommends that children should ride rearward facing, properly restrained, as long as possible.
  • Convertible child seats should be installed in the rear seat only.
  • A rear-facing convertible seat should not be positioned behind the driver's seat unless there is adequate space for safe installation.
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    3. Fasten the seat belt by inserting the latch plate into the buckle (lock) until a distinct click is audible.

    4. Pull the shoulder section of the seat belt out as far as possible to activate the belt's automatic locking function.

    5. Press the convertible seat firmly in place, let the seat belt retract and pull it taut. A sound from the seat belt retractor's automatic locking function will be audible at this time and is normal. The seat belt should now be locked in place.

    note NOTE
    The locking retractor will automatically release when the seat belt is unbuckled and allowed to retract fully.

    6. Push and pull the convertible seat to ensure that it is held securely in place by the seat belt.

    warning WARNING
    It should not be possible to move the child restraint more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) in any direction.

    The convertible seat can be removed by unbuckling the seat belt and letting it retract completely.

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    warning WARNING
    A child seat should never be used in the front passenger seat of any vehicle with a front passenger airbag - not even if the "Passenger airbag off" symbol near the rear-view mirror is illuminated (on vehicles equipped with Occupant Weight Sensor). If the severity of an accident were to cause the airbag to inflate, this could lead to serious injury or death to a child seated in this position.

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    Booster cushions

    Securing a booster cushion

    1. Booster cushions are recommended for children who have outgrown convertible seats.

    2. Place the booster cushion in the rear seat of the vehicle.

    3. With the child properly seated on the booster cushion, attach the seat belt to or around the cushion according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    Fasten the seat belt by inserting the latch plate into the buckle (lock) until a distinct click is audible.

    4. Ensure that the seat belt is pulled taut and fits snugly around the child.

    warning WARNING
  • 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.
  • The shoulder belt must never be placed behind the child's back or under the arm.
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    ISOFIX lower anchors

    Using the ISOFIX lower child seat anchors

    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 possible.

    To access the anchors
    1. Put the child restraint in position.

    2. Kneel on the child restraint to press down the seat cushion and locate the anchors by feel.

    3. Fasten the attachment on the child restraint's lower straps to the ISOFIX lower anchors.

    4. Firmly tension the lower child seat straps according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    note NOTE
  • The rear seat's center position is not equipped with ISOFIX lower anchors. When installing a child restraint in this position, attach the restraint's top tether strap (if it is so equipped) to the top tether anchorage point (see the information on page 43) and secure the restraint with the vehicle's center seat belt (see the information beginning on page 34).
  • Always follow your child seat manufacturer's installation instructions, and use both ISOFIX lower anchors and top tethers whenever possible.
  • warning WARNING
  • Be sure to fasten the attachment correctly to the anchor (see the illustration). If the attachment is not correctly fastened, the child restraint may not be properly secured in the event of a collision.
  • The ISOFIX lower child restraint anchors are only intended for use with child seats positioned in the outboard seating positions. These anchors are not certified for use with any child restraint that is positioned in the center seating position. When securing a child restraint in the center seating position, use only the vehicle's center seat belt.
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    Top tether anchors

    Child restraint anchorages

    Your Volvo is equipped with child restraint top tether anchorages in the rear seat.

    Securing a child seat
    1. Place the child restraint on the rear seat.

    2. Fold up the plastic cover over the anchorage to be used.

    3. Route the top tether strap under the head restraint and attach it to the anchor.

    4. Attach lower tether straps to the lower ISOFIX/LATCH anchors. If the child restraint is not equipped with lower tether straps, or the restraint is used in the center seating position, follow instructions for securing a child restraint using the Automatic Locking Retractor seat belt (see page 33).

    5. Firmly tension all straps.

    Refer also to the child seat manufacturer's instructions for information on securing the child seat.

    warning WARNING
  • Never route a top tether strap over the top of the head restraint. The strap should be routed beneath the head restraint.
  • 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 collision occur.
  • Do not install rear speakers that require the removal of the top tether anchors or interfere with the proper use of the top tether strap.
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    Child restraint registration and recalls

    Registering a child restraint

    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 restraints.

    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.

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    Integrated booster cushion

    Integrated booster cushion (option)1

    Volvo's optional integrated booster cushion is located in the center seating position. This booster cushion has been specially designed to help safeguard a child seated in the rear seat. This cushion should be stowed (folded up into the rear seat backrest) when not in use. When using an 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). In Canada, Transport Canada's weight recommendation is 40-80 lbs (18-36 kg).

    The booster cushion is designed to raise the child higher, so that the shoulder strap crosses over the child's collarbone, not over the child's neck. If using a booster cushion does not result in proper positioning of the shoulder strap, then the child should be placed in a properly secured child restraint (see the information beginning on page 34). The shoulder belt must never be placed behind the child's back or under the arm.

    1Canada only: This cushion may be referred to as a built-in booster cushion.

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    Integrated booster cushion

    Using the integrated booster cushion

    Fold down the booster cushion from the rear seat backrest.

    Loosen the Velcro strip.

    Fold up the backrest section of the booster cushion into the upright position.

    Stowing the integrated booster cushion

    Fold down the backrest section of the booster cushion.

    Fasten the Velcro strip.

    Fold up the booster cushion into the rear seat backrest

    note NOTE
    See also the instructions on the integrated booster cushion.

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    warning WARNING
    DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur

    Follow all instructions on the booster cushion and in the vehicle's owner's manual.

    MAKE SURE THE BOOSTER CUSHION IS SECURELY LOCKED BEFORE THE CHILD IS SEATED.

  • 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 Canada, Transport Canada's weight recommendation is 40-80 lbs (18-36 kg).
  • 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 a trained and qualified Volvo service technician only
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    Child safety locks

    Child safety locks

    Manual child safety locks - rear doors
    The controls are located on the rear door jambs. Use the remote control's key blade or a screwdriver to adjust these controls.

    The rear doors can only be opened from the outside when the slot is in the horizontal position.

    The rear doors can be opened from the inside when the slot is in the vertical position.

    Power child safety locks (option on certain markets)
    The power child lock function can be activated by pressing the button shown in the inset illustration above. The ignition must be in mode I or II (see page 80).

    When the function is activated, a message will appear in the information display and the indicator light in the button will light up.

    With the function activated:

  • The rear door windows can only be opened with the control in the driver's door.
  • The rear doors cannot be opened from the inside.

    note NOTE
    There are no manual child safety locks on vehicles equipped with the optional power child safety locks.

    warning WARNING
    Remember, in the event of an accident, the rear seat passengers cannot open the doors from the inside with the controls in position A (manual child safety locks) or if the power child safety lock function is activated.

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