Saab 9-3 Convertibles Recalled for Faulty Seat Belts

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Saab as we used to know it is gone, but its vehicles can still come under a recall and that’s exactly what’s happening today.

General Motors is initiating a recall campaign that will call back 28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles ranging from the 2004 to 2011 model years. As you probably already know, Saab was a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM during the production of those models until 2010 when the company was sold to Spyker Cars.

As such, the 9-3 is based on a General Motors platform and used the company’s Ecotec four-cylinder engines during the second generation. The automatic tensioning cable for the driver seat belt could break in certain models and in those cases, the seat belt won’t retract.

General Motors said in a statement that the parts used in convertible models are different from the sedans, which were investigated at the same time. Owners can expect the company to contact them with a request to bring their vehicles into a dealer for service. The company says it learned of the defect through customer complaints filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall covers driver side retractors, but GM also said it is extended special coverage to the passenger side equipment so that if the same repair is required on that side, it will also be covered for the life of the vehicle.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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