For many years, Volvo has been considered one of the safest brands of automobiles on American highways. In my opinion, Volvo’s reputation is well deserved. For example, Volvo invented three point safety belts. Additionally, it was the first manufacturer to implement crumple zones, side impact airbags and rear-facing child seats. Because safety of a particular automobile is one of the most important factors someone considers when purchasing a vehicle, companies like Volvo, Lexus and Mercedes Benz are allocating more of their resources to ensure that their automobiles are on the leading edge of automobile safety. However, far too many automobile manufacturers continue to design their cars to meet the minimum requirements that were created by the government in conjunction with automobile manufacturers.
Volvo is a noteworthy exception. Recently, Volvo dedicated itself to meet a very worthy goal of designing an injury proof car by 2020. Volvo’s intent is to use radar, sonar, and other advanced technology to prevent and mitigate crashes. One idea being explored is that immediately prior to and during a crash the car would steer and brake on its own. In Volvo’s opinion, reducing speed by 10 mph during a crash would cut the death rate in half. We applaud Volvo’s ingenuity and innovation. Maybe one day this same spirit of safety will migrate to the owner of Volvo, Ford Motor Co., which typically strives to meet only minimal safety standards.
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