Volvo Adds More Top Safety Pick Ratings for 2021

Christian Wardlaw | Mar 31, 2021

Volvo has always been serious about safety. Since Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin invented the V-shaped 3-point seatbelt in 1959, the automaker has continually innovated new safety designs, systems, and technologies. 

Volvo V60 Cross Country in Snowy Woods

Currently, Volvo’s stated goal is to eliminate all occupant fatalities and severe injuries during crashes in its vehicles. Based on recent testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Volvo is well on its way to achieving that lofty milestone.

The IIHS reported today that five more Volvo models receive a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award. That is the highest rating the organization gives. The added models join nine other Volvos previously earning that same designation, bringing the automaker’s total number of TSP+ awards for the 2021 calendar year to 14, setting a new annual record for any automaker.

“Volvo has been setting safety records for years,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, in a statement. “We’re proud to add this record to our history.”

The five models added to the list include the Volvo S90 and S90 Recharge plug-in hybrid, V60 Cross Country (pictured above) and V90 Cross Country crossovers, and V90 wagon. The TSP+ rating applies only to 2021 model-year examples of these vehicles built after September 2020. That’s when Volvo installed new, better performing headlights.

With these additions, only the all-new 2021 XC40 Recharge electric SUV is missing from Volvo’s list of TSP+ winners. The IIHS had not performed crash-testing or evaluation of this model as this article was published. 

The IIHS and Volvo are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on March 31, but it may have changed since that date.

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