Volvo has developed the world’s first pregnant crash test dummy model to learn more about the impacts of the seatbelt and airbag on a mother and unborn baby in car accidents. The crash test dummy, named "Linda" by the experts at Volvo’s Safety Centre in Sweden, helps Volvo study how the seatbelt moves and its combined influence with the airbag on the uterus, placenta and baby, as well has how the baby moves in relation to Linda’s body. Linda is a computer simulation so she can be changed to represent a pregnant woman of any size or shape, at all stages of pregnancy.
Laura Thackray, a Biomechanical Engineer at Volvo’s Safety Centre says: "When pregnant, your seatbelt should fit close to the body, go between the breasts and as low as possible over your hips. The lap section of the belt shouldn’t be allowed to ride up in front of your tummy."Children in Cars
Volvo has produced a handy guide to keep children safe while on the road. The Children In Cars booklet is full of helpful tips and advice for anyone who travels with children. Download the Children In Cars safety guide from the Volvo website at www.volvocars.co.uk Copies of the booklet are available on the Volvo stand at the Show.
Key facts and advice from this booklet includes:
Volvo is an environmentally responsible car company from production through to the car's end of life and constantly aims to make a contribution to improving air quality as well as ensuring its products cause minimal environmental impact.
This is a 16-year+ news article, from our Volvo archive, which dates back to the year 2000.
If in doubt check with your local Volvo dealer as car prices and technical data will have changed since 2005.
Although our car news is published in good faith, we cannot guarantee it to be error free or complete or up-to-date.
Volvo V50 Images may not be UK specification cars. Colours and exterior and/or interior elements may differ from actual models.
The car news and images remain the copyright of the rights holder and may not be used without their consent.