Saab Owners Top HLDI Safety Study



5/02

SAAB AND ITS OWNERS TOP HLDI SAFETY STUDY

Saab congratulates the drivers of it 9-3 5-door, 9-3 Convertible and 9-5 Sedan for helping the vehicles all finish top in their respective group in HLDI safety study.

Norcross, Ga. - Drivers of Saab's are among the highest educated group of drivers in the market. They are also among the safest.

According to the recently published Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) report, the Saab 9-3 5-door, 9-3 Convertible and 9-5 Sedan all had the best score of any car in their respective classes for relative frequency of injury insurance claims. (The 9-3 Coupe and 9-5 Wagon do not appear in the study due to a statistically insuffient number of collision claims.) HLDI‚s study, covering model years 1998 - 2000, compares cars on the basis of cost of injuries sustained following on-road crashes. The study measures both the frequency a given model is involved in a collision and the frequency with which accidents result in injuries requiring compsensation from an insurance company. Saab congratulates its drivers who significantly helped achieve these top scores.

Saab‚s real-life safety philosophy puts priority on systems and structures that help protect Saab occupants during a real-world collision. Although Saab conducts numerous laboratory crash tests - including simulated animal collisions and truck-to-car side impacts - it is real-life collisions and their infinite variables that drive Saab safety engineers and their work.

One of the many factors that may help explain why Saab drivers are less likely to suffer injury is the Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR) system. Investigations have shown that this system reduces the risk of serious neck injuries relating to whiplash in rear-end collisions by as much as 75 percent.

A vehicle's safety performance is the product of many factors, including driver and occupant behavior, personal judgment and other variables. The design of the car also influences its real-life safety integrity. The 2002 HLDI data again supports that when it comes to injury insurance claim rates, Saab and Saab drivers perform well together in the real world. For more information, the complete report can be found on the HLDI Internet website at http://www.carsafety.org.


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