The 2011 Volvo C70 upholds the brand's stellar reputation for safety, being one of very few convertible models to fit side-curtain airbags. Rather than dropping from a roof rail--which may have been folded into the trunk if the weather is nice--they inflate upwards from the top of the inside door panel.
The C70 has six airbags, all told, along with stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2011 Volvo C70 as "Good" on both its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, and also its rear crash-protection and head-restraint assessment. Front headrests that reduce whiplash are fitted as standard.
The IIHS did not rate the car for roof strength, however. The C70 has also not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
An additional safety feature is a pair of pop-up bars that can punch through the rear window if the car has landed upside-down after an accident. Volvo's tallights also illuminate more brightly under the heaviest braking, including when the anti-lock brakes activate.
Volvo also pioneered a blind-spot information system, which illuminates a small warning light in each door-side mirror when a vehicle is in the driver's blind spot on each side. While a few reviewers found the system annoying, most said it was useful--though unnecessary when the blind spots had vanished because the top was folded into the trunk.