General Motors is recalling 28,789 2004-’11 Saab 9-3 convertibles to fix a seatbelt problem, the automaker said on Friday.
The automatic tensioning system cable in the driver’s side front seatbelt retractor could break.
“If the cable were to break, seatbelt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract,” GM said in a statement. “The convertibles and sedans were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts.
“GM has since learned of customer complaints to the NHTSA for the convertibles.” GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
Dealers will replace the driver’s side retractor in the recalled vehicles.
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 seatbelt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle.
This recall is part of a larger GM recall of four vehicles announced by the automaker on Friday covering 581,367 vehicles.
No information about the new Saab recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.
2004-11 SAAB 9-3 CONVERTIBLE
CARS AFFECTED: 28,789
GM says that in some 9-3 models, the cable that controls the automatic tensioning system for the driver’s seatbelt could break, which would prevent the belt from retracting properly. Should that happen, the seatbelt wouldn’t protect the driver during a collision, increasing the risk of injury.
An identical recall was carried out in 2010 on the Saab 9-3 sedan. The convertible wasn’t included because it uses different parts, but it has now become clear that the parts themselves weren’t the whole problem.
GM says that it will fix the problem by having dealers replace the driver’s side retractor. Although the passenger’s side seatbelt isn’t affected by this recall, GM has issued coverage for that component, meaning that repairs to the passenger’s side retractor will be covered for the life of the vehicle.