Befitting Volvo's decades-long reputation as a safety pioneer, the 2012 Volvo C30 includes all the usual safety equipment, earns good ratings where it's been crash-tested, and includes a few features that are far from common on small hatchbacks.
The list of expected safety features includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors. There's also the Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS), which monitors the car's maneuvers and may choose to delay certain functions to prevent driver distraction--an incoming phone call, for instance. Optional equipment that's unusual among compact hatchbacks includes both a lane-departure warning system and a rear-obstacle detection system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't rated the 2012 C30 under the new, more stringent crash testing system it introduced last year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, however, gives the C30 its highest rating of "Good" for frontal offset, side-impact, and rear crashes, as well as roof strength--making it an IIHS Top Safety Pick.