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      Junior Member Sven787's Avatar
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      Rear-ended - WHIPS System?

      Unfortunately my wife was rear-ended on the freeway the other day. She's fine but our S60 has its first battle scar at barely a year old. The cosmetic damage is limited to scratches and gouges on the rear bumper (and also noticed the BLIS/speaker housing got knocked out of alignment with the impact), but I'm curious if there is any obvious way to know if WHIPS engaged. She felt a pretty forceful impact despite the limited damage. The manual just says to have it checked by a licensed Volvo specialist, but in lieu of that, are there any immediate indicators that I or the repair shop could see, or would they even think to check? I already got the initial damage estimate but hadn't thought about this at the time. I don't drive her car all that often but today the seat felt more reclined/dropped than usual, but may just be imagining things.


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      Glad to hear your wife is okay. For the WHIPS question, assuming the passenger seat was unoccupied at the time of the crash, you could compare the position of the two seats at the forward, backward, up and down limits of their travel. I think it should be the same for both of them so if they're different there might be a problem.
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      Like JMarkias said, put both front seats in the same position (normal driving position) and compare. Pay particular attention to the gap (or lack of) between the seat bottom and seat back. I believe a collapsed WHIPS bracket will have a noticeable gap in the two compared to an intact WHIPS bracket.

      It may be worth having a Volvo shop have a look. My shop recently replaced those brackets for a car that also was rear ended. The driver seat had to be removed from the car. Even with the seat out of the car it is hard to see those brackets.

      I would probably go with the assumption the WHIPS brackets have been compromised to some degree. It is about 2 hours labor plus the cost of the brackets (2 per front seat).
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      Thanks... good advice. It does appear to have a larger gap at the seat hinges between the bottom and back on the driver side now. Seems the best approach would be to have all of this dealt with at a Volvo shop and submitted to insurance as opposed to a third party body shop? I'm fine having the body shop take care of cosmetic damage/bumper but this is more of a Volvo-specific safety feature that I wouldn't want compromised.


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