A child's neck is under development and not as strong as an adult's neck. Also the head is proportionally bigger than that of an adult. Children therefore need special restraints, facing the rear for as long as possible until at least three-four years of age. When travelling facing the rear the crash forces are spread over the back and head, which reduces the load on the neck in frontal impacts.
If a pregnant woman uses her safety belt correctly, the foetal injury risk is reduced significantly. This knowledge stems from Volvo Cars' research on car safety for unborn babies and their mothers. Volvo Cars has developed a virtual crash test dummy to simulate frontal impacts during pregnancy.
The crash laboratory at Volvo Cars Safety Centre is the technically most advanced in the world. It features one fixed and one movable test track, which can be combined to recreate collisions with different impacts, angles and speeds. Volvo Cars also uses a supercomputer for virtual crash tests, and a crash simulator that recreates different collisions without destroying the car body.
Children & Cars - Volvo Cars' manual about child safety - has been awarded "The best information manual in Sweden" in 2007. Thursday night the book with Volvo Cars' crash test dummies won the Swedish Publishing Award 2007 at a prize ceremony in Stockholm.
Volvo Car Group has released the third edition of the company’s book ‘Children & Cars – a Safety Manual’. The award-winning manual helps parents all over the world make sure that their children travel safely in the car. The new child safety manual is available at Volvo dealers globally and can also be downloaded from the Global Newsroom.
Children’s car seats are historically bulky, hard to move and tedious to mount. This is why Volvo Cars has designed a lightweight and inflatable rearward-faced child seat concept using groundbreaking technology. The seat is safe, easy to pack and carry and will enable parents to use it in many situations not practical with the seats on the market today.
Volvo Cars’ design team has completely re-imagined how children could travel safely in cars in the future. The move follows the Shanghai reveal of the XC90 Excellence and the Lounge Console Concept, which marked a bold and luxurious step forward for the Swedish car brand.