The ageing Saab 9-5 has been judged the safest car on Swedish roads by an accident investigation and insurance agency for the third year in a row.

The ageing Saab 9-5 has been judged the safest car on Swedish roads by an accident investigation and insurance agency for the third year in a row.

Studying the outcome of real-life accidents and collisions and collecting the data on incidents and injury to vehicle occupants, the 9-5's safety record was over 40 per cent better than the average.

"It is especially gratifying for the 9-5 to be mentioned as the safest car of the year," said Saab safety engineer Christer Nilsson. "This distinction is based on the results of our research into real-life accidents. It demonstrates the effectiveness of all of Saab's work with crash safety, and supports our philosophy of real-life safety."

And it seems that Sweden's obsession with safety has paid off, considering that the country has the lowest rate of road death fatalities in the world at 6,1 per 1 000 people. Compare that to our statistics when the Arrive Alive figures are released next week...

Original article from Car