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Volvo earns safety awards with PHS


Volvo’s extensive use of press hardened steel (PHS) has contributed to the carmaker receiving Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for three models:

  • Volvo XC90 midsize luxury SUV(all models)
  • Volvo S90, a large four-door luxury car
  • Volvo XC60 midsize luxury SUV (model with specific headlights)

 ArcelorMittal supplies Usibor® 1500 for the safety parts of all vehicles. Usibor®, often used in anti-intrusion and safety cage components, contributes to significant weight savings for the final component, compared to standard high yield strength steel. The very high mechanical strength of the component makes it possible to achieve weight savings of 30% compared to conventional cold forming grades without any compromise on safety performance.

This is not the first time the XC90 has won the Top Safety Pick award. The vehicle was previously recognised by IIHS when it first launched in 2015. Since then, it has been listed amongst the Top Safety Picks by IIHS every year.


Top Safety Pick+ for XC40 SUV

In 2019, Volvo also picked up the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for the version of the XC40 small SUV with specific headlights. This model was named ‘European Car of the Year’ at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle makes significant use of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) including hot-formed boron grades, the strongest automotive steel available today.



The XC40’s safety cage relies on AHSS, including ultra-high strength boron grades, to provide maximum occupant protection in all types of crash scenarios. Ultra-high strength boron grades account for 20% of the car’s total body weight. The use of the ultra high strength boron steel in the XC40 is part of Volvo’s overall commitment to safety.


ArcelorMittal would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Volvo on its success in the IIHS awards, and for its long-term commitment to safe mobility.

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