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2008 Saab 9-3

Midsize luxury car
2007 Saab 9-3 2-door convertible shown
2007 Saab 9-3 2-door convertible shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2011
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2004-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Saab 9-3 convertible was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T 2-door convertible
Weight 3,587 lbs.
Side airbags front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase 105 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0716
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 11
Right (cm) 13
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0716
Head
HIC-15 240
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.6
Femur force - right (kN) 3.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.23
Maximum tibia index - right 0.60
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 67
Right 92

Applies to 2004-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Saab 9-3 convertible was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T 2-door convertible
Weight 3,616 lbs.
Side airbags standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase 105 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0707
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-16.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0707
Head HIC-15 523
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.09
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 197
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0707
Head HIC-15 527
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 21
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.22
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8
Combined force (kN) 3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 25
A-P moment (Nm) 12

Applies to 2006-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 35
Distance below top of head (mm) 60
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.2
Head contact time (ms) 64
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 13
Max neck tension (N) 563
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
2
Rollover protection system (pop-up bars behind the rear seats)
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights

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