Volvo Safety

Your safety is a top priority

Volvo Safety in Palo Alto, CA

Safety should never be compromised. Here at Volvo Palo Alto, we're proud to offer a lineup of quality vehicles that are not only luxurious, but safe. When you choose a Volvo for your next vehicle, you're making a smart and safe choice for you and your family. Learn more about Volvo safety below.

Safety Innovations Through the Years

Did you know that the invention of the three-point safety belt came from Volvo? Back in 1959, a Volvo engineer named Nils Bohlin invented this type of seatbelt, which is estimated to have saved over one million lives! Here's a quick look at the many other Volvo safety innovations:

  • 1972: Rearward-facing child seat
  • 1978: World’s first belt-positioning booster cushion for children four and up
  • 1990: First built-in booster cushion for children
  • 1991: Side Impact Protection System
  • 1994: First side-impact airbags
  • 1998: Whiplash Protection System
  • 1998: Inflatable curtain airbag
  • 2002: Roll-Over Protection System
  • 2003: Blind Spot Information System
  • 2008: City Safety, an autonomous emergency braking system
  • 2010: Pedestrian detection with full auto brake
  • 2014: Run-off road protection
  • 2016: Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert
  • 2018: Oncoming mitigation by braking system
  • 2019: The E.V.A. (Equal Vehicles for All) Initiative
  • 2020: Speed cap of 112 mph

Driver Assistance Systems

Driving can be stressful. But with Volvo driver assistance systems, you'll have that extra layer of protection to take on the road with confidence. Here are the various driver assistance systems that Volvo vehicles offer:

If this system detects a potential collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle, it can automatically brake for you.1

This system helps you stay centered in your lane. If you start to drift out of your lane, this system will steer your vehicle back. If you continue to drift, the steering wheel will vibrate2 to warn you.2

In the event that you drift past the outer lane marking, this system will steer you back onto the road. It may also automatically apply the brakes.

When you're ready to back out of a parking space, this system ensures that you can do so safely, providing warnings if a vehicle is approaching or applying the brakes if a potential collision is detected.3

This system helps you stay centered in your lane during heavy traffic with alerts and active support. When a vehicle enters either of your blind spots, it can inform you by activating a light on either the left or right side mirror.2

This helpful camera system provides a 360° bird's eye view when parking, making parallel parking easier.

Stay informed on road conditions like never before. With cloud-based communication, you and other connected drivers can share and receive information, such as alerts for slippery road conditions.2

Safety Improvements

As a leader in vehicle safety, Volvo is committed to you and your passengers’ safety. Volvo is taking proactive steps to protect drivers against the dangers of speeding, intoxication and distraction on the road. They are combating these issues with a speed cap of 112 mph (which was introduced in 2020) on all new vehicles and are developing self-driving vehicles and driver monitoring cameras for the near future. In addition, a new feature called Care Key allows Volvo owners to set limits on speeds for other drivers.

Safety Research

Volvo safety is backed by more than 40 years of research. The Accident Research Team has been collecting and analyzing collision data since 1970, and in 2019, they made their findings available with the E.V.A. (Equal Vehicles for All) Initiative. They have found that women are more likely to be injured than men in car accidents, and their goal is to make cars equally safe for everyone. Volvo has addressed these discrepancies by developing features like their Whiplash Protection System, Side Impact Protection System, Inflatable Curtain airbag and more.

Convinced that a Volvo is the best choice for safety on the road? If you're ready to start enjoying a safer ride, we invite you to check out the latest Volvo lineup. Whether you're considering a sedan, SUV or wagon, we're confident that we have the perfect ride for you and your family.

To learn more about Volvo safety, please visit If you have further questions or would like to learn more about any model in our inventory, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by our dealership at 4190 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. We look forward to serving our customers near San Jose, Redwood City and Fremont.

1Features depicted may not be standard or available for all styles, engine options and regions. Vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists moving in the same direction of the car can be detected under certain speeds and in certain conditions; driver remains responsible for safe driving at all times.

2Features depicted may not be standard or available for all styles, engine options and regions. The driver has the option to deactivate Lane keeping aid, BLIS, and Connected safety, and these systems must then be actively reactivated to regain their functionality.

3Features depicted may not be standard or available for all styles, engine options and regions. Driver support functions are not a substitute for the driver’s attention and judgment. Cross traffic alert may have limited functionality in certain situations. Brake intervention is only active at lower speeds.