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Re: Volvos for young Lasses

Subject: Re: Volvos for young Lasses
From: (Todd Mullins)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 11:59:34 -0600 (CST)
Trevor Boicey writes:

>   In those consumer reports rags where crash data is assembled
> and sorted, many Volvos are simply awful at crash protection.

I fully realize that this is NOT the Volvo list, but I can't let Trevor
get away with this.  Trevor, if you're going to fling wild accusations
around, cite some sources.  Volvo has been at the forefront of
automotive safety advances since the mid 1940s:

Passenger safety cage           1944
Windscreen defroster            1954
Padded dashboard                1956
Windscreen washers              1956
Front lap belt attachments      1957
Rear lap belt attachments       1958
3 point belts                   1959
4 wheel disc brakes             1966
Front & rear crumple zones      1966
Collapsible steering column     1966
Rear belts                      1967
Front head restraints           1968
Inertia reel belts              1969
Rear defroster                  1969
Child seat available            1972
Childproof door locks in rear   1972
Side impact protection          1973
Collapsible steering wheel      1973
Isolated fuel tank              1974
Daytime running lamps           1975
Headlamp washers/wipers         1979
Wide angle rear view mirror     1979
Anti-submarining belts          1982
Front & rear fog lamps          1982
Inboard fuel tank               1982
Antilock brakes                 1984
Electronic wheelspin control    1985
Airbags                         1987
Mechanical belt pretensioner    1989
Integrated child seat           1990
Self-adjusting belts            1991
Side airbags                    1994

The 240 wagon has the lowest per capita fatality rate of any passenger
car.  The 240 sedan has the second-lowest.  I don't have stats on newer
models, but they certainly are NOT "awful".

ObLBC:  I hope to soon acquire a 122S to haul the kiddies around in:
1800cc pushrod 4-cylinder with twin SUs...


Todd Mullins    On the lovely Mississippi (USA) Coast

'74 MGB Tourer in pieces
'84 Volvo 245GL B23F M46        229k miles and spinning happily along

"I could go at any time..."

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