There is no inherent safety bonus with Volvo. This is a 70s era saying which has somehow persisted - at the time (prior to safety standards) Volvo was way ahead of the game.Take a look at Volvo, cheaper, safer and nicer than the Japanese equivalents. Also, cheap to fix and very reliable. They're surprisingly capable. Saved my dad's life. Shrugged off an 80 mph impact
he XC 70 is the real bargain, but people are always "Ewwww wagon" for some reason.
If you want safe, you're best off buying the newest 5-star truck you can buy. Volvo of course makes a fine safe machine, but not capable of doing the things we love on this site.