General Motors has issued a recall of 28,789 MY2004-2011 Saab 9-3 convertibles in the United States over a seat belt issue that had covered sedan models. GM was Saab’s previous owner from 2000 to 2010. GM disclosed that the automatic tensioning cable in the drivers’ side seat-belt retractor could break, which may render the seat belt to fail to retract.
GM said in a statement that it has no knowledge of crashes or injuries linked to the issue. GM likewise announced that passenger-side seat belt retractors in the 9-3 convertible will be covered under warranty over the unit’s lifetime if they need replacing.
GM has recalled the Saab 9-3 sedan twice in the US over a similar issue, covering 9,322 cars in 2004 and 14,126 cars in 2010. The convertible, however, wasn’t part of the recall. GM noted that while the convertibles and sedans were probed at the same time, the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts.
GM said it learned of customer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the convertibles. The supplier for the seat belt part supplier in the 2004 recall was Takata, the same company currently embroiled in a airbag recall crisis.
At the time, GM said that Takata had damaged the retractors during the manufacturing process. GM, however, did not disclose the supplier for the current recall. GM also recalled 9,322 Saab 9-3 sedans -- built between 2003 and 2004 -- in the United Kingdom in 2005 over a seat retraction issue.
Both front seat belts were replaced on that recall. GM has so far recalled over 25 million vehicles in the US,.