May 17, 2002
Saabs have lowest injury insurance claims
Norcross, Georgia – 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 insufficient 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 compensation from an insurance company.
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 behaviour, personal judgment and other variables. The design of the car also influences its real-life safety integrity. For more information, the complete report can be found on the HLDI Internet website at www.carsafety.org.