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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 22:15:42 +0100
From: "Petter A. Haver" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 safety

"Henrik B." <> wrote in message news:3fb38440$0$29369$ > Jay wrote: > :: I believe it had to do with changing the seat belt warning > :: light.....they felt this gives one more star...... > Nope, the reason for the original 4 stars is the fact the 4 stars was > maximum, when it was first tested. The change to 5-star ratings happened 3 > years ago. NCAP gave the 9-5 4 stars (which was a maximum back then) in 1998. But when they changed to 5-star ratings, the 9-5 still didn't get the full 5 stars because it had too few points (31 out of 35, I believe). For the model year 2004, the 9-5 gets a new seat belt warning system, which are rewarded one (or two) extra points. Therefore the 9-5 2004 now has got enough points to achieve 5 stars. Petter Haver

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