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Volvo Enhances Pregnant Women’s Safety In Cars

The swedish brand has always taken care of safety seriously

As part of the Equal Vehicle for All (E.V.A.) global strategy, Volvo develops new and improves existing ways to protect women in cars.

The company has become one of the first in the world to use female mannequins for crash tests. Prior to this, they tested safety only using male prototypes.

For more than 40 years, the Volvo Traffic Accident Research Team has analyzed data from 40,000 vehicles and 70,000 passengers injured in real traffic accidents.

Volvo conducted crash tests using female mannequins and discovered those vulnerable areas. A number of innovative in-car protection systems have been developed taking into account female anatomy.

To maintain the integrity of the spine, tendons and neck muscles, a whiplash injury prevention system was created (WHIPS) that reduces the risk of whiplash injury by 50%.

A side impact protection system (SIPS) takes into account differences in the chest anatomical structure of men and women. In combination with side airbags, SIPS halves the risk of serious injury to this part of the body.

To protect the head, Volvo uses a special inflatable curtain that fills with air in 1/25 of a second and prevents hitting the head against external objects (such as a steering wheel). It reduces the risk of head injuries by 75%.

Among the latest developments of Volvo Cars there are special shock absorbers for seats. They prevent injuries to the lumbar spine when the car takes off the road.

For a particularly vulnerable category of passengers – pregnant women – Volvo created the world’s first virtual model of a medium-sized pregnant woman to carry out appropriate crash tests. This allows exploring how seat belts and airbags can protect a pregnant woman and her fetus.

Volvo’s global goal is that no one will die or suffer serious damage in the brand’s cars by 2020.

Project E.V.A. – Volvo Cars is sharing its own research data on safety with the world

The automaker has already opened access to its own research on car design for women. Any driver or other car manufacturers can take advantage of the company’s achievements.

Volvo’s Accident Research Team

Source: Volvo Cars

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