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Volvo Safety in Lafayette, LA

Here at Giles Volvo Cars, we're proud of the vehicles we sell. Beyond their luxurious features, powerful engines and sustainability, we're most proud of how safe they are. Volvo has been continually improving the safety of its vehicles for decades, and the innovations continue to this day. That's why you can feel confident in your purchase when you drive home in a new Volvo model. Learn more about Volvo's history of achieving new standards of driver safety below.

Safety Innovations Through the Years

Did you know that the three-point safety belt was invented by a Volvo engineer? Nils Bohlin created this type of seatbelt in 1959, and it's estimated to have saved over one million lives! That's just the beginning — take a look at the many other inventions made by Volvo engineers that have improved vehicle safety:

  • 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

Even for the safest drivers, the roads can be unpredictable. Distractions pop up around every corner, and even parking can be a challenge. That’s why Volvo vehicles come with driver assistance systems that help you navigate traffic and stay alert to the unexpected. Here are the various driver assistance systems that Volvo vehicles offer:

This system can automatically brake the car if it detects an imminent collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle.1

This system helps you stay in your lane by steering you back if you drift over the lines. If you continue to drift, the wheel will vibrate to alert you.2

If you begin to drift off the outer lane onto the shoulder, this system will steer you back onto the road and may apply the brakes.

This system helps you back out of a parking space by warning you if another vehicle is approaching or by applying the brakes if it senses a potential collision.3

When you’re in heavy traffic, this system helps you stay centered in your lane through alerts and active support. If a vehicle is in your blind spot, the system will activate a light on your left or right side mirror to let you know not to merge.2

Ever wish you could get a 360° view around your car when you park? Now you can with this helpful camera system. Parallel parking will be a breeze.

Share and receive information on road conditions with other connected drivers through cloud-based communication, so that you have a heads up on slippery roads, heavy rain and more before you get there.2

Safety Improvements

Volvo is making its vehicles safer by taking steps to reduce speeding and distracted and intoxicated driving. In 2020, the brand introduced a speed cap of 112 mph on all new models, and driver monitoring cameras and self-driving vehicles are in development. Additionally, Volvo added a new feature called Care Key which allows drivers to set limits on speeds for loved ones.

Safety Research

Through more than 40 years of research, Volvo has made striking discoveries about the nature of traffic accidents. Since 1970, the Volvo Accident Research Team has been collecting collision data, and in 2019, they published their findings with the E.V.A. (Equal Vehicles for All) Initiative. Their data shows that women are more likely to be injured than men in car accidents, due to various discrepancies in car safety systems. Volvo has addressed these shortcomings with increased protection throughout new models, developing features like the Whiplash Protection System, Side Impact Protection System, Inflatable Curtain airbag and more.

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 111 South City Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503. We look forward to serving our customers near Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria and New Orleans.

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.