July 8, 2005

Volvo whiplash protection pioneer receives NHTSA safety award

Toronto, Ontario – Dr. Lotta Jakobsson, safety expert at Volvo Car Corporation, has been honoured with the Safety Engineering Excellence award from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The jury stated that Dr. Jakobsson was honoured for her outstanding contributions in extending biomechanics knowledge and improving vehicle safety design.

Dr. Jakobsson, who joined Volvo in 1989, is an expert in impact trauma biomechanics and has made significant and pioneering contributions both to traffic injury research and to the design of safety systems in Volvo vehicles. She is currently leading a Safety Analysis and Research team within Volvo Cars’ Safety Centre in Sweden. Her research on whiplash injuries includes the development of Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which is standard equipment on all new Volvo vehicles. She also spearheaded the development of a new crash test dummy for whiplash research.

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