Saab Tops 4-Door Mid-Size in HLDI Study



11/99

Saab 900 has best score in its class for relative frequency of injury insurance claims

Norcross, GA - Saab's real-life safety philosophy puts priority on systems and structures designed to protect Saab occupants during a real-world collision. Although Saab conducts over 40 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. That is why Saab is gratified by the latest reports from the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

According to the recently published HLDI report, the Saab 900 had the best score of any car in its class as it scored lowest among all 4-door mid-size cars for the relative frequency of injury insurance claims. HLDI publishes the results of its study once a year in a publication entitled Injury, Collision and Theft Losses, and this is the fourth year in a row that the Saab 900 was found to have the lowest injury claim frequency rate in its class.

HLDI characterizes an injury score below 70 as "substantially better than average." Only two vehicles out of 30 evaluated in the 4-door midsize car category were in this range. The Saab 900 was one of them, scoring 39 percent better than the average 4-door mid-size car included in the report. The Saab 900 Convertible also topped the "midsize sports cars" category with the lowest relative injury claim frequency score of 58.

The Saab 9-3 model, which replaced the Saab 900 in the U.S. market in May, 1998, builds on the occupant protection systems and structures of its predecessor by adding such features as the Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR) system, second-generation driver and passenger front airbags, dual-stage head and torso protecting side-impact airbags and a side impact force-deflecting pendulum "B" pillar system.

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 1999 HLDI data again supports that when it comes to injury insurance claim rates, Saab and Saab drivers perform well together in the real world.

The table below shows the loss value for all car models in the "Midsize four-door cars" class.


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