Date: 26 Oct 2005 13:58:18 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: expected current draw when car is off

On Wed, 26 Oct 2005 01:44:09 GMT, James Sweet <> wrote: > >> >> In my 87 900 it was the seat belt retractors that were drawing current >> when the car was parked. > Oh I forgot to mention those, ripped them out at the very first > opportunity and replaced them with standard belts. Wonderful car overall > but those power seatbelts are downright idiotic, probably far more > people who would have worn their seatbelt simply unclipped the automatic > ones than those who wouldn't have worn it but did because it was > automatic. It's right up there in the top 10 worst automotive inventions > of all time. Thank the US government for those, they weren't Saab's idea. In '87 or '88 a law was passed that all _imported_ cars had to have either passive belts, or airbags. Airbags weren't ready (to Saab's standards) by that time, so that's why we have the mousebelts. As you say, they probably cause more problems than they solve. As happens so often, a bunch of lawyers came up with a law with unintended consequences...go figure.

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