Our trucks are subjected to the toughest impact test in the world

All Volvo truck models undergo safety testing to the same high standards. Single accidents are simulated in the world’s toughest and most realistic safety test - the Swedish Cab Test - in which the same cab is subjected to three rigorous, individual tests designed to simulate realistic driving conditions as closely as possible. When you compare the tests below it’s clear that the Swedish Cab Test sets the benchmark in truck cab safety.

Many truck drivers would not be alive today if not for Volvo’s dedicated work in the field of safety. For those of us working on safety development at Volvo Trucks, this knowledge provides us with the impetus to continually improve our products. You’ll find our reputation for safety is a tough act to follow.

Comparing the Safety Tests

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  Swedish Cab Test
European Cab Test
(ECE R29)
Difference between tests
Roof static
road test
15 tonnes typically 10 tonnes 5 tonne or 50% heavier on Swedish Cab Test.
Front
impact test

22 kJ

Directed at
windscreen
pillar

44 kJ

Directed at
1.4m from
ground level

The Swedish Cab Test is aimed at the most vulnerable area of the cab, the A Pillar, thereby testing integral cab strength. The European Cab Test distributes force over a larger area and gains support from the chassis.
Rear
impact test

Same maximum
load on all cabs

29 kJ using a 1250 kg mass

  The Swedish Cab Test is a dynamic test which also places shock load on cab and mounts.
Rear
static test
  Load varies
depending
on GVM. Typically 200 kg per tonne load
The European Cab Test is a variable static test.
Cabs tested All tests carried out on same cab Three different cabs used for each test After three tests on the same cab, the Swedish Cab Test requires that a defined interior survival space for the occupants exists.