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2012 Volvo S60 Grabs IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

2012 Volvo S60 IIHS Crash Test

Well, it seems Volvo is still Volvo, the same manufacturer that introduces some of the safest automobiles in the world. The Swedish automaker managed to win the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for its new S60 model, given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In other words, the S60 was capable of getting top ratings in all the crash tests, including here front, side, rear and rollover evaluations. To be eligible for this award, a car must come as standard with ESP (electronic stability program).

IIHS said that it has been a while since the Volvo S60 grabbed the award. The previous generation model was pretty good in front and rear tests, but got an acceptable rating in the side impact evaluations. In addition, the new roof strength tests were not in place for the older model. The institute stated that Volvo improved the S60’s design enough in order to net higher side impact ratings and pass the recently introduced rollover tests without any difficulties.

IIHS affirmed that the car’s roof stood up to 4.95 times the weight of the vehicle. Keep in mind that the current standards require a car to resist a force equivalent to 1.5 times its weight.

So, if you’re looking for a safe car, Volvo is still probably your best option.

Source: IIHS via Autoblog


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