Volvo earns highest safety marks with sweep of Top Safety Pick+ awards

Volvo announced Wednesday that every 2021 Volvo model tested by the IIHS received a Top Safety Pick+ rating. A TSP+ award is the industry’s most stringent protection category, acknowledging a vehicle’s ability to pass six crash checks, prevent or minimize collisions, and come fitted with the best night-time lighting.

The Volvo S90 and S90 Recharge full-size sedans, as well as the V90, V90 Cross Country, and V60 Cross Country, were added to the TSP+ safety list in 2021, joining nine other Volvo models already on the list. The 14 TSP+ models are the most in any automaker’s portfolio, and they mark the highest ratio of vehicles to gain the distinction. Since it hasn’t been reviewed yet, the 2021 XC40 Recharge electric vehicle was the only Volvo vehicle to receive a TSP+.

In a tweet, Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, said, “Volvo has been setting safety records for years.” “We are honoured to have this record added to our collection.”

In all six crash tests, the winners received “Good” scores, with Volvo’s standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection earning top “Superior” ratings. The headlight tests have recently become the most challenging criterion; to earn the “+” rating, vehicles must have headlights that score at least “Acceptable” on all trims through the battery of tests, which requires glare tests for oncoming traffic and various grades of curves at night.

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The headlights on the S90, S90 Recharge, and V90 were classified as “Marginal,” but Volvo upgraded the systems in vehicles built after September 2020 to qualify for the award.

The IIHS, a non-profit organisation sponsored by the insurance industry, adjusts the award requirements on a regular basis based on automakers’ compliance. This year, there were more TSP and TSP+ award winners than last year; there were 95 award winners in 2021, including Volvo’s latest, compared to 64 in 2020.