Volvo's safety innovations over the years include the three-point seat belt, rear-facing child seats and side-impact airbags.
Now it has another creation to brag about: the first vehicle lineup in the U.S. in which every model has been designated a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The latest Volvo to get the coveted "Plus" is the battery-electric XC40 Recharge P8. It's the first small electric utility vehicle to earn the award and the 15th Volvo to get a Top Safety Pick Plus award this year, which is a record for any brand.
"Regardless of body style, engine or trim, every Volvo offers innovative protection in a crash." Volvo Cars USA CEO Anders Gustafsson said in a statement. "We are proud that IIHS has recognized this by awarding a Top Safety Pick Plus to every vehicle we produce today. No other company has been awarded this honor across all car lines in 2021."
IIHS added Top Safety Pick Plus in 2013 as the highest award it gives to new vehicles. For 2021, it has the same criteria as the regular Top Safety Pick designation — good ratings in six different crash tests and advanced or superior ratings for available front-crash prevention — with the added requirement of headlights rated as good or acceptable that are standard instead of just optional.