2012 Volvo S60 T5: Holy B-Pillar
September 19, 2011
Remember the old days when B-pillars used to T into a car's lower structure without so much as a gusset? Volvo doesn't. Heck, it makes this junction big enough on the S60 to use it advertising space for its SIPS Side Impact Protection System. There's even a fancy embossed logo there as if to say: "Hey, I'm really strong."
We don't doubt it.
This view offers a better perspective on the size of this pillar which contains the side-curtain airbag that's now the centerpiece of side-impact protection.
Although it has used different technologies as a means of side-impact protection, SIPS has been a part of Volvo nomenclature since 1991.
Take this journey on the way-back machine to revisist old-school SIPS: