Ergonomically designed seats by Volvo Cars mark the first time a vehicle OEM has received an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) for its seats. The ACA endorsement was awarded to all of Volvo Car USA’s vehicle lineup, from May 2022 until May 2023.
The seats were subjected to a wide range of tests, analysis and evaluation by the board of Doctors of Chiropractic, ahead of the ACA’s Board of Governors delivering the final approval.
All of the seats in the vehicle manufacturer’s lineup were produced through a collaboration with orthopedic surgeons to ensure the interior products delivered support and comfort in the correct areas.
Furthermore, Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and Run Off-Road Mitigation systems are all integrated into every seat to reduce the risk of an injury occurring during a crash. The head restraints have also been designed to reduce the chance of whiplash.
In addition to offering a high level of safety, the seats also provide comfort for interior occupants with ventilated climate control and massage functions.
“Seats designed by Volvo Cars ensure drivers and passengers never have to sacrifice comfort, design or safety when on the road,” said Jim Nichols, head of product and technology consumer offers, Volvo Car USA. “We’re thrilled to be recognized by the American Chiropractic Association with an endorsement that reaffirms our industry-leading approach.”
The OEM has also announced that its all-electric vehicles will now be completely free of leather, and will now feature a high-quality, sustainable alternative not of animal origin. Future Volvo seats will use a new material called Nordico, produced using textiles from recycled PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks from the wine industry.