Volvo S40 Premium Compact Saloon - Safety and Security Features | Part Three

New S40


Safety and Security

The new S40 introduces Volvo’s IDIS – Intelligent Driver Information System – which helps the driver from being distracted when full attention is required.

  • IDIS – unique Intelligent Driver Information System Crash tested at least 40 times in Volvo’s advanced Safety Centre
  • New, patented frontal structure
  • 68% greater torsional rigidity than the current S40
  • Seat belt reminder for rear seats
  • Laminated side windows
The IDIS continuously monitors the driver’s level of activity by registering steering wheel movements, acceleration, braking, indicators in use, etc. Then, when it registers that the traffic or driving situation requires the driver’s full attention and concentration, for example when overtaking or braking, signals from the integrated GSM telephone (if fitted) and certain peripheral information or functions not essential to safety are delayed until the situation is calmer.

The safety challenge with a compact car is to absorb the necessary deformation in a crash in a smaller total distance compared to a larger car. After exhaustive testing at its acclaimed Safety Centre, Volvo achieved this by dividing the front structure of the new S40 into several zones and using four grades of high strength steel, with the aim of keeping the passenger compartment as intact as possible in most accidents.

Safety has also been improved with a stronger, reinforced body with 68 per cent greater torsional rigidity, larger side airbags to provide more effective protection at hip and chest height, whilst the new S40’s extra width creates added space for the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) to work more effectively.

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Published 18 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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