Saab Safety, proven again

I always get scared when I see a headline and an excerpt like the ones in my RSS feed tonight:

Driver killed as deer strikes car – ….The freak accident happened at 7.50pm on Sunday when a Saab car….

I live in a small city, where it’s really easy to run into people you know, or meet people with which you have common acquaintences etc. I think the Saab community’s got plenty of potential to be this way as well, small as it is.

So when I see a story like that I’m always fearful that it’ll be someone that I’ve come accross, either here or at Saab Central.

As it turns out, the story is one of Saab’s safety proving itself again:

A MAN was killed when his car collided with a deer as he drove along the A35 in the New Forest.

The freak accident happened at 7.50pm on Sunday when a Saab car travelling near Holmsley towards Christchurch collided with the animal.

The impact caused the deer to be thrown into the path of a Ford C-Max car which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Ford car, a 38-year-old man from the Watford area, suffered fatal injuries. His 38-year-old partner and their two children aged six and 18 months all suffered minor injuries and were taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Saab car was uninjured but shocked.

It’s a real tragedy that those two kids lost their father and the woman, her partner.

It doesn’t say how the Saab hit the deer (i.e. a glance or direct) but my first thought was that the story, like many others, does go some way to testifying about the safety, strength and inherent good design of the Saab automobile.

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  1. This is why I think the best way to see real safety is looking at Folksam studies. Its a swedish insurance company that look at real accidents. As it turns out Saab has been outstanding from the 9000, 9-3 and of course 9-5. As I recall 9000 has been awarded the safest and also the 9-5. They have an advantage due to their size but in sweden most cars are big sedans/combis.

    The thing is that cars that get good result in Ncap doesnt always get good result in real life. Wich test would you prefer?

  2. I’ve never seen a deer go through a windscreen…they’re just big enought….When I hit a deer with my Audi doing about 100km/h, i sent it flying about 100 feet in the opposite direction.

  3. I’m adding to this late but, as the driver of the car in question, the police opinion to me was that my car had saved me from serious injury.

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