Posted by: saabnuts | August 13, 2011

Some Saab Safety and Innovations

Saab Moose test 2


Pictured above is ONE of the ways Saabs has tested car safety over the years, in the above simulating impact with something the size and weight of a moose.

While we wait for news of Saab resuming production, etc. (and I am leaving that coverage to those with more time and expertise than myself) some folks have been offering insight into Saab’s amazing developments in efficiency, performance and safety.

A few posts I recommend include the Red J’s Intelligent A-Pillar post on Saabs United and Swade’s video and post about why he thinks Saab’s XWD is the best all wheel drive system.

Saab pioneered many safety features that EVENTUALLY became standard on other brands including split circuit braking systems that maintain at least 50% of braking power and control in the event of a circuit failure, protecting the fuel tank in the event of collision, a driver / occupant cage, impact absorbing dashboards to reduce injuries in an accident, mounting the key in the center console to reduce knee injuries (and because it is a logical place you already have your hand to engage / disengage the brake and select a gear), and so many more.

Saabs were dropped on their roofs long ago to test their strength, have been intentionally rolled over, etc. all to advance not just Saab, but the automotive industry standards.

You can catch a glimpse of some of the safety innovations of Saab as far back as the 96 series on sites like this one (click) which was an enjoyable read and trip down memory lane for an old Saab fan like me.

Check out more on Steve’s Saab 96 site while you are there.

Visit to learn more about current vehicles, special offers from Saab or to locate your nearest Saab dealer.


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