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1999 Saab 9-3

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
2
Built-in child restraints (optional)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2011
G
G
A
G
2010
G
G
A
G
2009
G
G
A
G
2008
G
G
A
G
2007
G
G
A
G
2006
G
G
A
G
2005
G
G
A
G
2004
G
G
A
2003
G
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A

Applies to 1999-2002 models built after December 1998

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

The Saab 9-3 was restyled and renamed for the 1999 model year (it used to be called the Saab 900). All 9-3 models manufactured after December 1998 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 9-3 with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions. A high acceleration occurred when the dummy's heat hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, and its head went part of the way out the open window and hit the B-pillar. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Saab 9-3 4-door
Weight 3,137 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length182 in.
Width67 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99004
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)20
Left (cm)24
Center (cm)26
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)15
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)8
Right (cm)7
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)14
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99004
Head
HIC-15334
Peak gs at hard contact92.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)26
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.0
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)7
Knee displacement - right (mm)4
Maximum tibia index - left0.44
Maximum tibia index - right0.84
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left78
Right82

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