New Volvo V40 gets top marks for pedestrian safetyBy Philip Shoulder
October 23, 2012
New Volvo V40 gets top marks for pedestrian safety.
The new Volvo V40 has received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test. The overall result is the best ever recorded by the institute. Volvo has also been awarded the highest ever rating by Euro NCAP, in the pedestrian protection category of the frontal collision test.
The V40 is the first Volvo to feature the Swedish firm’s pioneering pedestrian airbag that uses sensors in the front of the car to detect any contact with a pedestrian.
A pyrotechnical charge then releases the bonnet hinges and elevates the bonnet with the help of an airbag.
The inflated airbag's cushioning effect combined with the increased distance to the hard components in the engine compartment help protect the pedestrian's head in the event of impact.
Thanks to a strong structure, designed using the ‘holistic’ approach that’s the hallmark of Volvo cars,
EuroNCAP also found occupant protection – rated at 98 per cent – to be class leading.
The new V40 incorporates long established passive safety features, such as WHIPS whiplash protection system, with newer active safety innovations.
These include: City Safety autonomous emergency braking system designed to help a driver avoid a low-speed crash,
Lane Keeping Aid which assists the driver to stay in his or her lane, and BLIS which aids the driver detect vehicles in the offset rear ‘blind spot'.
Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation said of the latest EuroNCAP rating: “A fantastic result.
"We are very proud to have one of the world's safest cars and we're taking yet another important step toward our 2020 target - that nobody should die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo,"