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Car reviews - Saab - 9-3 - S 5-dr hatch

Safety

Saab logo9 May 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

NATURALLY, safety is a high priority, this being a Saab. The front airbags are inflated by a "soft" charge, making them less aggressive to occupants seated well forward. Two-stage head-thorax side airbags protect the occupants' rib cage and head in side impacts. The body structure is designed to distribute the impact forces over as large an area as possible in an accident. The 9-3 incorporates Saab's "active" head restraints that protect against whiplash injuries. For 2001, the 9-3 S adds Isofix child seat mountings.

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A Euro NCAP crash test in 1999 awarded the Saab 9-3 four stars out of five for front and side impact crash protection for occupants. However, it received only one star out of four in the pedestrian impact test

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