Recall Alert: 2004 Saab 9-3

Saab has issued a recall for 14,126 9-3 vehicles from the 2004 model year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall is due to a problem with the seat belts. Some of the ’04 9-3s were produced with front seat-belt retractors that could fail.

If the belt does not properly retract during a crash, the occupant might not be restrained, which could lead to serious injury.

Dealers will replace the seat-belt retractor for free on the driver’s side. For the passenger side, Saab will provide only special warranty coverage that will last 10 years from a new vehicle’s date of sale. Owners may contact Saab at 800-620-7668 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | February 22, 2010 | Comments (5)
Tags: Recalls, Saab



It's outrageous that Saab is treating passengers as second class citizens on this recall. So much for their safety reputation.

Alan Adler

I work for GM in Safety Communications. The passenger side belt is being given extended warranty treatment because the condition occurs only rarely on passenger belts. The failure rate on driver's belts is four times greater than on passenger belts.

Alan Adler

GM safety spokesman again. I misspoke in my earlier post. The driver's seat in the Saab is occupied four times more often than the front passenger seat. The belt retractors in the passenger seat are 19 times less likely to have a problem than in the driver's seat. That is why an extended warranty is being offered on the passenger belt retractor instead of being included in the recall.

Chad W

Mr. Adler, it doesn't matter. The odds of a fatality are equal whenever the passenger seat is occupied. Please quit trying to justify GM choosing to reduce costs over saving lives.

Jack Levine

I have a 2004 Saab 93 and had this problem with the driver's seatbelt not retracting as described. It was fixed under the recall. Last week the problem happened again and the dealer told me there is no more Saab and I have to spend 750.00 if I want to repair it. Is there any recourse to GM as they owned Saab when this problem was created.

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