At least the thinking was there. Found a print from Volvo director Tord Lidmalm from the 60’s. It’s an investigation about car safety and various solutions and problems in that area. Major concern for the P1800 is probably the steering wheel shaft protruding from the steering wheel to the front of the car capable of doing serious harm to the driver on a fast impact. On the positive side the steering wheel is two-spoke; meaning that in a hard impact with spokes horisontal the wheel will bend more easily than say a three-spoke steering wheel. Regardless, it is interesting to see how to buttons on the instrument panel knobs/buttons were changed from prototypes to produciton model due to safety reasons. Here are two image illustrating that. First is the prototype, then the production car. Bigger flatter knobs are obviously safer than smaller more pointy ones.
Here are various steering column solutions, I assume – unfortunately – that the P1800 got the straight one (“1”) without safety features.
And here are various impact depending on how many spokes a steering wheel has. Two spokes looks better than some other..
Full report can be found here (in Swedish)