Again and again, the blog team gets emailed by readers accident pictures. Some with a request not to publish them and others we do not want to publish because the background tragedy is too serious. In the case of Maik, who had an accident with his Saab 9-5, things are so that we decided to publish. Because his pictures show very impressively the safety of the Saab 9-5 in the normal everyday life.
Saab already had a focus on occupant safety when other brands weren't even thinking about it. Or did not want to deal with it because the legal provisions did not require it. The Saab 9000 is a prominent example of this. His very likeable Italian Tipo4 brothers - Alfa 164, Lancia Thema and Fiat Croma - have no side impact protection. The law in Europe did not require it, and the US market was of no interest. So you waived it. Unimaginable for Saab.
The importance of side impact protection is demonstrated by the pictures of Maik and his report:
I was traveling on a main street in town. But an elderly lady said to take the right of way on a crossroads to the business park, and is simply in the side with about 20 km / h drove into my Saab. She did not see me coming because the intersection is in a curve. Therefore, she did not look to the right and drove straight over the main road.
Your Peugeot 206 is a total loss, the whole front is broken. My Saab 9-5 was hit on the fender driver's side which pushed itself to the driver's side. My Saab is still ready to drive despite the heavy impact, except the driver's door because the frame has warped from the A-pillar and so my car is also a total loss. But I was allowed to drive my car to the 10km-wide trust workshop. All participants were unhurt.
That speaks again for Saab despite the impact, my Saab is still fit for driving what even the police surprised. Quote policeman: "That speaks again for Swedish cars, they can even drive even"
This gives us a Saab less on our roads, but the Saab has accomplished its mission. He saved his driver from injury or worse. He was conceived and built for that. That's why every day is a good feeling to know his family with a Saab on the way.
And Maik? Does a time without Saab begin for him now? No, because he has some backups in the garage. A Saab 900, which is only waiting for approval and will comfort at least a little bit about the loss. Have fun with it and always accident-free ride wishes the team from the blog!
Pictures: maik for saabblog.net