A Collection of True Stories and Snapshots from Actual Volvo Owners
"Hi, my name is Kelley and my husband is Charles M. who is the owner of Volvo of Athens in Athens, Georgia. I'm writing because my Volvo XC60 saved my life on 10/25/2012.... There is no question, without a doubt, it saved my life. Now I must say, I have always loved a Volvo, especially an XC60. Love how it drives and how it looks. I fell in love with it when they first came out. However the safety aspect is definitely something I had taken for granted until that day. I was traveling west on Interstate 20 in Georgia and came upon a construction zone where traffic was reduced to one lane and had stopped completely. After I stopped, I instinctively checked my rear view mirror, just to make sure the person behind me was going to stop as well. Unfortunately, what I saw was a van coming straight for me. Witnesses stated he was traveling at a "high rate of speed". He actually had his cruise control set at 70+ and said he was "distracted". Needless to say, he never saw traffic had stopped and didn't even apply his brakes before he hit me at full speed. The impact knocked me sideways into the car in front of me, across the grassy median, and into the east bound lanes on the opposite side of the interstate. Fortunately no one hit me over there and my car came to a stop. I did suffer a gash in the back of my head and a concussion from an object in the car, along with a very sore leg and hand (from gripping the steering wheel and having my foot on the brake), but that's the extent of my injuries! The Georgia State Trooper on the scene said "Mam you sure are lucky you were in that Volvo". I couldn't agree more!! Actually I would say I was "blessed" to be driving a Volvo that day. We have many pictures of my totaled car and it's amazing to see what safety features were activated. I personally couldn't say exactly what they were, although our technicians at the dealership certainly can. I just know that it truly saved my life that day and I never want to drive anything else! So now I just want to shout it from the rooftops that my Volvo saved my life! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A million times thank you Volvo!!
"A Ford Explorer jumped over the curb in snow and hit the front of my S60 R-Design. The entire front end was destroyed but I was able to open the door to exit the car. I have no doubt that I would still be in the hospital with any other car."
"We were driving from our home in Green Valley to Tucson on a two lane road on a clear and sunny morning and noticed a car coming southbound, off the road... on our right side. This car suddenly attempted to return to the road and hit us head on. The initial impact forced our car off the road into the pecan groves where we hit a substantial tree, head on. While a little dazed, my wife and I were able to exit the car and wait for the paramedics to arrive. My wife sustained a cracked rib, numerous bruises and abrasions while I had some minor cuts, a broken tail bone and some bruising. We feel the car gave it's life for us! This was the 6th Volvo that we have owned and just replaced our C70 with a new XC60 and our totaled XC90 with another XC90. So we have now owned 8 Volvos."
"So, I went on a bus trip with a high school team during October. We left after the tournament on Saturday evening and travelled overnight...got in about 5 in the morning. I am not a very good sleeper on a bus/plane etc but tried. I had to make another 8 hour trip the next day with my brother in law and thought I would be okay. He was ready to go so off we went about 6AM. First 5 hours were fine, then we went through a mountain pass and he was dozing off...and I began to feel a little tired. Well, guess I fell asleep, and we did not make a turn so the car went off the road, down a 25ft hill, flipped over and came to rest upside down. I awoke with somebody at the door trying to get me out as I was hanging from my seatbelt..as was my brother in law. I managed to slither out the door and the ambulance came and took me and my brother in law to a hospital about 30 miles away. Unfortunately, my brother in law had some broken vertebrae in the neck and spent 3 months in the hospital. I was lucky and had only 38 stitches to help put my ear and ear lobe, in place. The police came to the hospital and were amazed at how I was doing. They told me I was very lucky to be in a Volvo as most cars would have crumpled. He said he and his wife were thinking about a Volvo...and now they were definitely going to get one!"
"I was in a brand new XC60 when I rounded a corner, and two cows appeared on the road. The Large Animal Detection system slowed the car down, but a severe collision was unavoidable. Luckily, I walked out of the car unharmed. When the police arrived at the scene they did not believe that I was the one who drove the car, they assumed the driver must have been killed.
Afterwards, I decided to buy two new XC60's, the second one for my father."
"After a very strenuous international travel and a disturbed night's sleep, I made the mistake of driving alone to our mine in the Appalachian Mountain area. About 35 miles from the city limits, in the middle of a place with no habitations close by, I fell asleep at the wheel and crashed my XC90 off the mountain road into a tree!! My judgment is that I must have been at least 55 MPH. The vehicle was totaled, however, I came out without a scratch, thanks to the Volvo's safety run off road protection. The Volvo on call immediately took the information and the first responders were on site within the shortest time possible. The Volvo Safety systems saved my life."
"I was driving home from a job site on I-44E. I looked at my rear view mirror and saw a black Honda getting hit by a semi truck pushing it to the side and ...the semi truck was going right at me. The semi rear ended me and pushed me about a quarter mile in front of him,i was slammed and pushed around eventually it dragged me down in to a ditch. I was sure i wasn't going to survive. I was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and released the next day with no broken bones only bruises a lot of muscle pains. Thank you Volvo for saving my life!"
"Driving to the office, 7am and snow covered roads. My AWD S60 never looked back with perfect traction in the worst conditions. Headed slightly downhill about 35 mph, on a long straight 4 lane road with a middle turning lane , so 5 lanes total. 2 lanes in each direction. ...A 1998 Suburban pulls out from a stop sign almost directly in front of me, instantly knew it was too close and the Suburban was blocking both of my lanes trying to turn left into the center lane. Slamming hard on the brakes the, I had no chance in 3-4 inches of fresh snow on the roads and began an all-out slide. I watched the Suburban's driver-side wheel as I made frontal impact with it. I was prepared to wake up in a hospital bed, when to my surprise I was met not with metal from the impeding vehicle, but pillows from my Volvo's airbags. It was one of the most amazing moments I have ever experienced. Pillows! I was able to jump out of the car and help other drivers. Other than a seatbelt rash I walked away unscathed."
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