Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 09:48:10 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <nimrodnopsams.com>
Subject: Re: Purchasing a Saab


I'm still puzzled. If this is a good safety precaution, why don't any other manufacturers adopt it? Also, there are alternatives to placing the key between the seats that avoid the steering column location. When my Saab was in the shop recently I was driving a rented Chevrolet Malibu. Its ignition key was on the dashboard, where there was no danger of anything getting spilled into it. Kevin Rhodes wrote: > > The original reason for the key being between the seats was that in the course > of real-world accident research, SAAB found that a steering column or dash > mounted key could cause serious injuries. Primarily to the driver's knee in a > frontal collision, or the passenger's head in diagonal collisions. Think about > a part of your body hitting a thin, hard, metal object in a high speed > collision.... To prevent this, SAAB engineers tucked the key down between the > seats out of harm's way. One of the many small, thoughtful touches that make > SAABs unique. Of course, there are a number of SAAB features that make one > wonder how much aquavit the engineers were drinking too! ;-) > > Kevin Rhodes > Westbrook, Maine > 85 900T > > > > > I'm aware that the Saab key has always been where it is. I just don't > >see the point. A longstanding gimmick is still a gimmick. >

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