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The E.V.A. Initiative

We have studied more than 43,000 cars in real-life accidents with 72,000 occupants since the 1950s.

This collection of documents is the sample of the result of all our research and safety development, some to which access has been limited, up until now.

Throughout the years, it has contributed to many innovative systems such as WHIPS (Whiplash Injury Protection System), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), and numerous child safety products.

We are now sharing this research by letting everyone download more than 40 years of research. We hope this will lead to safer cars for everyone - regardless of gender and size. Because at Volvo Cars, we will always put people first.

Nilson G, Lövsund P, Thorngren L, Håland Y, Svensson S-E, The potential injury-reducing benefits of a well designed car seat, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 1993

Topic: Chest frontal impact, Head frontal (incl moose), abdomen frontal impact, Lower extr. 

Forssell J, Jakobsson L, Lund Å, Tivesten E, Foot and Leg Injuries in Frontal Car Collisions, Paper No. 96-S3-O-05, The 15th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia, 1995

Topic: Lower extr. 

Palmertz C, Jakobsson L, Karlsson A, Pedal Use and Foot Positioning during Emergency Braking, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1998

Topic: Lower extr. 

Jakobsson L, Kling A, Lindman M, Wågström L, Axelson A, Broberg T, McInally G, Severe Partial Overlap Crashes – A Methodology Representative of Car to Car Real World Frontal Crash Situations, Paper no. 13-0294, The 23rd International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2013

Topic: Chest frontal impact, Head frontal (incl moose), abdomen frontal impact, Lower extr.

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