New Whiplash-protection in the 2014 9-3
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the new seats in the 2014 9-3 and if they still have the famous Saab Whiplash-protection built into it. This morning I talked to Mattias Bergman on the matter.
The former seat manufacturer LEAR Corp which was located in Trollhättan closed down its facilities in 2012, shortly after Saab Automobile AB went bankrupt. Since LEAR no longer were able to supply the Saab cars with seats NEVS had to look at other solutions. The requirement for the seats were that they had to be even more safe than the previous version of SAHR2. The seats had to take in to account peoples different body shapes, lengths etc. Extra focus was placed on women since they often suffer injuries more often and sometimes more serious injuries than men. The reason for women being more fragile than men is probably due to a weaker muscle structure in the neck region. Such seats were found with an OEM supplier and the seats installed in the 2014 9-3 are equipped according to NEVS requirements on protection.
There are several suppliers of seats and whiplash-protection systems and since Saab developed the SAHR2 a lot of progress has been made in its development. New OEM developers have created systems where not just the neck-rest moves but also the whole seat. Today most companies use similar systems where the whole seat moves rather than just the neck-rest. Volvos system which has undergone a lot of development in recent years is built largely on this concept which can be seen in the movie below.
More details of the system will be revealed once the specifications of the car is released.