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Press: Saab 9-5 and Its Drivers Top HLDI Safety Study []
Posted by The Saab Network - (more from The Saab Network - on Thu, 4 Nov 2004 04:37:52

DETROIT - Drivers of the Saab 9-5 sedan and 9-5 SportWagon are among the
safest group of drivers in the market. According to the recently published
Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) report, the Saab 9-5 sedan topped the
luxury midsize category for relative frequency of injury insurance claims.

HLDI's study, covering model years 2001-2003, compares cars on the basis of
cost of injuries sustained following on-road crashes. The study indicates the
relative frequencies of injury compensation claims from an insurance company,
per insured vehicle year.

Both the 9-5 sedan and SportWagon achieved a rating of 'substantially better
than average' for injury claims in the luxury midsize category. According to
the HLDI formula, the Saab 9-5 sedan's top ranking for injury claims is 53
percent better than average, and the Saab 9-5 SportWagon's ranking is 39
percent better than average. 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 and other tests on the 9-5 -
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 feature that distinguishes the Saab 9-5 from its competitors is the Saab
Active Head Restraint (SAHR) system in the front seats. Investigations have
shown that this system reduces the risk of whiplash to front-seat occupants
in rear-end collisions by as much as 75 percent, compared with older Saab
vehicles without active head restraints.

Other standard safety features on the Saab 9-5 sedan and SportWagon include:

* Front and rear crash deformation zones that absorb energy in a controlled

* Head thorax side airbags and dual-stage front airbags

* 3-point seatbelts on all seating positions

* Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiter

* Side-impact door beams

* Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

* Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

* Welded steel construction/Safety cage design

* Energy-absorbing steering column

* Pedal release 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 2004
HLDI data 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

Insurance company claims for theft losses are also compared in the HLDI
report, and once again, the Saab 9-5 sedan is the best in the luxury midsize
class. With a 'better than average' ranking, the 9-5 sedan suffered 60
percent fewer theft claims than other cars per insured vehicle year. The 9-5
SportWagon includes the same anti-theft protection as the sedan, but was not
rated because of insufficient data.
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