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 |  Aug 14 2012, 7:58 PM

With the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) implementing new crash safety tests, many luxury models that were tested didn’t earn acceptable results. One of the models that did however, was the 2012 Volvo S60, which earned the highest rating of “good”.

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 |  Mar 19 2012, 9:01 PM

Volvo has issued out a recall for 2,742 of its 2012 S60 sedan and XC60 crossover for a potential fire risk. The NHTSA recall report cites that an incorrect mixture of underbody coating could have been over applied, resulting in “rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from vehicle’s undercarriage.”

Those icicle-like areas can penetrate the fuel lines causing leaks, increasing the likelihood of a vehicle fire. The recall will begin on April 13th and dealerships will inspect the underbody to remove any excess coating and ensure that the fuel lines have not been damaged. If the fuel lines are damaged, the dealerships will replace them free of charge.

Luckily no crashes on injuries related to the issue have been reported.

 |  Mar 29 2011, 6:38 PM

Another one makes the cut. Add the 2012 Volvo S60 to the list of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award winners. That means it earned good performance ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection. It also comes with standard electronic stability control (ESC), which is also needed to win this award.

It has been a few years since the S60 has picked up a Top Safety Pick. In previous years, the S60 sedan only earned good ratings in the Institute’s front and rear evaluations, but when it came to the side impact test, it was only rated acceptable (in previous models, they weren’t tested for roof strength in rollover crashes).

But that’s old news, and the good news is that the new model has made the grade when it came to testing side impact and roof strength tests. The IIHS found that the roof of the S60 withstood a force equal to 4.95 times the car’s weight. Right now, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.

[Source: Autoblog]