Recall Alert: 273,000 2006-2009 GM Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 273,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and SUVs including 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazers, 2006 TrailBlazer EXTs, 2006-07 GMC Envoys, 2006 Envoy XLs, 2006-07 Buick Rainiers, 2006-08 Saab 9-7Xes and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascenders

The Problem: If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says it has not been able to confirm whether the problem has resulted in any accidents. The condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals or fog lamps, the automaker said.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX, 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X

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Vehicles Affected: More than 290,000 model-year 2010-15 Cadillac SRX and 2011-12 Saab 9-4X SUVs

The Problem: An issue with the suspension system involving loose nuts could result in a loose joint and worn threads that could cause the toe adjuster link to separate, according to The Detroit News. GM is aware of three crashes and two injuries as a result of this condition, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the SUVs for the condition; if necessary, they will remove the nuts and install a new link assembly. Unsold vehicles are being checked for proper torqueing before being sold, The Detroit News reported. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Cadillac owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 and Saab owners can call GM customer service at 800-553-6000 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2005-2007 Midsize GM SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 182,000 midsize GM SUVs from the 2005-07 model years, including the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x, as well as model-year 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs

The Problem: A possible electrical short in the driver's door module could disable the power door lock and window switches, and in rare cases overheat the module, according to the automaker.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owner Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 866-996-9463 or Isuzu at 800-255-6727, and Saab owners can call Saab at (800) 955-9007.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2004-2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible

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Vehicles Affected: About 28,789 model-year 2004-11 Saab 9-3 convertibles

The Problem: The automatic tensioning system cable in the driver's-side front seat belt retractor could break. If this happens, the seat belt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract. GM said the convertible and sedan versions were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts. Click here for the original sedan recall. GM has since learned of customer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the convertibles.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's-side retractor for free. In addition, GM has issued a special coverage so that if the same repair is required to the passenger-side retractor, it will be covered for the life of the vehicle. GM also extended the special coverage for passenger-side belt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle. The automaker said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM customer service at 866-418-8168 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 13, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 193,000 GM SUVs

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GM is voluntarily recalling 193,000 SUVs due to an electrical problem that could cause power windows and door locks to malfunction and possibly cause a fire, the Detroit News reported. Affected vehicles include model-year 2006-07 Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainiers, Saab 9-7x's and Isuzu Ascenders, as well as model-year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs.

This latest recall is an expansion of an action that started last August and now includes 443,000 SUVs in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the issue in February 2012 and has received 83 complaints, with 66 alleging that the door module had melted or burned, the Detroit News stated.

In the recalled vehicles, fluid may enter the driver's door, resulting in rust that could cause the circuit board to short. The problem could cause the power door-lock and window switches to function intermittently or become inoperable; it could also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or fire, the newspaper reported.

By Matt Schmitz | June 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Spyker B6 Venator Concept: First Look

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  • Looks like: Newest Spyker loses some of the brand's trademark outlandishness
  • Defining characteristics: Aluminum and carbon-fiber construction, expansive glass roof, mid-mounted V-6 engine
  • Ridiculous features: Spyker went a bit overboard on the aircraft-inspired design cues
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Expected in the U.S. in fall 2014

For the last few years, Spyker's cars have been overshadowed by the automaker's struggle to revive the now-bankrupt Saab brand, but exotic cars are again at the forefront with the debut of the B6 Venator concept. Though technically a concept car, the mid-engine sports car is destined for production and is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in fall 2014 with an expected price in the range of $125,000 to $150,000.

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Spyker sports cars have had a certain outlandishness, with the various C8 models sporting turbine-style vents aplenty and an extravagant interior design. The new B6 Venator concept's appearance is relatively conventional in comparison. There's a large oval mesh grille and the two-door's profile and roofline recall Lotus' Evora sports car. There are enough similarities with the Evora that we suspect the cars share a platform, but a Spyker spokeswoman wouldn't say.

By Mike Hanley | March 5, 2013 | Comments (3)

Saab, GM Set New Agreement on Warranties

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Brave souls who purchased a Saab over the last few years as General Motors wound down the brand and eventually sold it off will be pleased to hear that their cars' warranties will be serviced through a new agreement between the two companies.

GM and Saab Automobile Parts North America have announced a new cooperative arrangement which will see Saab owners' warranties honored at 179 registered Warranty Service Providers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The agreement initially covers vehicles from 2009 and earlier, which were covered under a GM warranty.

By Aaron Bragman | December 27, 2012 | Comments (1)

Saab Could Reappear in 2014

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A Hong Kong-based consortium has finished acquiring bankrupt carmaker Saab, including tooling and platforms for the Saab 9-3 and Saab's facilities in Trollhättan, Sweden. The consortium, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, announced plans on Monday to introduce an electric vehicle based on the 9-3 in around 18 months. Reuters reports the car won't have Saab's iconic griffin logo, however, because of an agreement with former owners, Scania and a Saab aerospace group.

Saab's bumpy past includes ownership under GM and Dutch automaker Spyker, with last-minute attempts before liquidation to find Chinese investors. What remains and who owns it gets complicated. Hong Kong-based National Modern Energy Holdings owns National Electric Vehicle Sweden, but NMEH is itself a subsidiary of another entity, China Dragon Base Holdings.

The new EV will primarily target the Chinese market, Reuters reports. Would anyone here buy the next Saab? Though shuttered, the brand still has plenty of faithful: The U.S. has some 300,000 Saabs on the road, the Detroit News reports.

We'll keep you posted on more news of the eventual car.

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By Kelsey Mays | September 6, 2012 | Comments (18)

Recall Alert: 249,260 GM vehicles

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GM is recalling 249,260 vehicles because the driver's door module may corrode and cause an electrical short, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalled vehicles — which affects 2006 models of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, and 2006 and 2007 models of the TrailBlazer, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender — were originally sold or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

In the affected vehicles, fluid may enter the driver's door module, leading to corrosion that could result in an electrical short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door locks and window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. A short may also lead to overheating and melt components of the door module, increasing the risk of a fire.

A notification schedule has not been determined yet, NHTSA says. For more info, Buick owners can call 800-521-7300; Chevrolet owners can call 866-694-6546; GMC owners can call 866-996-9463; Isuzu owners can call 800-255-6727; and Saab owners can call 855-880-0808. Or you can call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Dave Lee | August 20, 2012 | Comments (4)

Daily News Briefs: Aug. 6, 2012

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Onetime Saab owner Spyker filed a $3 billion lawsuit against GM for blocking the sale of the Swedish automaker to Chinese companies Pang Da Automobile Trade and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile last December, Reuters reports. Spyker contends GM "had the direct and intended objective of driving Saab Automobile into bankruptcy." A GM spokesman told Reuters the news was "hard to believe," and GM wouldn't comment until it examined the lawsuit. At the time, GM still contracted technology and manufacturing for Saab — like the short-lived 9-4X crossover — and threatened to withhold assets from either Chinese company on grounds it would create competition with GM's operations in the country. The deal fell through, and Saab liquidated shortly thereafter. Its remnants eventually landed with to a consortium called National Electric Vehicle Sweden.

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