April 20, 2007

Volvo wins award for innovative child booster cushion system


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New York, New York – Volvo has received first prize in the Automotive Manufacturer category at this year’s World Traffic Safety Symposium for its new two-step integrated booster cushion. The award was given by a panel of judges, including those from the U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, and the New York Police Department Traffic Safety Division.

“Our goal is to help protect occupants,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden. “This award acknowledges our efforts to help protect our smallest passengers, our children. This new seat, in conjunction with our refinements in side body structure and the inflatable curtain, will have a significant reduction in child injuries.”

The integrated booster cushion allows children to be properly placed for seatbelt positioning, and has the capacity to seat larger children. The new cushion will be available this fall in the 2008 XC70, followed in February 2008 in the 2008 V70. The single option includes two rear seat-mounted integrated booster seats and two pyrotechnically-pretensioned seatbelts with new load limiters to accommodate children in the seats as well as adults; both seats fold flat to expand the cargo compartment, and are indistinguishable from regular rear seats.

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