Volvo Trucks 'Stiil the Toughest' After Fifty Years


Volvo Trucks' impact test is a 50-year veteran in the world of safety testing. It is still the toughest yardstick in the truck industry and is stricter and more comprehensive than the latest EU legislative requirements.

'We will continue to test our cabs according to the previous Swedish impact test norms,' comments Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director, Volvo Trucks.

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The most common truck accident scenario is where the truck either rolls over or is hit from the front. Volvo's impact test focuses on simulating the forces that the cab is subjected to under such circumstances.

'It is important that the impact test reflects the sequences and forces to which the truck is subjected in a real-life accident. Our road accident research offers a clear picture of the impact test's importance. Our investigations of Volvo trucks involved in accidents have shown time and again that a strong cab saves lives,' says Almqvist.

From wood to steel; Volvo test becomes legal standard in Sweden Once upon a time, all cab trucks had a wooden structure. Volvo Trucks has always focused on safety, and in 1948 the company was the first truck maker to launch series production of steel cabs. The self-supporting steel cab with its three-point suspension system revolutionised both the truck market and on-board safety for truck drivers.

In 1959, the first tests were carried out in which a solid pendulum weighing one tonne struck the cab to test its strength. The following year, this impact test was adopted as the legal standard in Sweden, which remained in force until April 2009. It has now been replaced by an EU law (ECR 29). The new law differs from the Swedish impact test both with regard to structure and the forces to which the cab is subjected in the test.

'What was previously a Swedish requirement is now a unique Volvo requirement. As leaders in the field of safety, we don't want to compromise on our aim of making the toughest cabs on the market. That's why we've decided to maintain our tougher standards in the future too,' explains Almqvist.