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“Takata” Agony Continues: Saab Car Owners Are Endangered Again?

Saab 9-5 takata airbag Recall

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would have opened a new investigation on vehicles equipped with the now “famous” defective airbags of the Japanese Takata.

So far, we have witnessed countless recalls following a multitude of accidents and investigations into defective Takata airbags, including many GM brands, including several Saab car series and models.

Numerous media outlets point to the latest security investigation. According to reports from Reuters, based on a document from the US transport safety agency NHTSA, the investigation concerns about 30 million vehicles, produced by over 20 car manufacturers between 2001 and 2019. If the investigation finds that there are problems with an even larger number of Takada airbags, then of course new recalls for a certain number of Saab cars should be expected among them.

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The outlines of the investigation. In particular, the NHTSA initiative seems to involve almost the entire spectrum of the big manufacturers present on the American market: Honda, Ford, Toyota, General Motors (SAAB), Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Ferrari, Mazda, Daimler, BMW, Chrysler, Porsche and Jaguar Land Rover.

The investigation includes vehicles equipped with inflation devices that were found to be defective when they left the assembly lines and also after the repair campaigns imposed by the authorities in recent years.

In the United States alone, recalls have been ordered for more than 67 million vehicles (the tally exceeds 100 million worldwide) after several investigations that have led to the identification of a culprit defect 28 deaths globally and over 400 injuries.

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Ammonium nitrate, used as a propellant to inflate the airbags, has proved too sensitive to sudden changes in temperature and humidity: the consequent deterioration determines the malfunction of the entire safety system and the possibility that fragments are thrown into the passenger compartment deadly metal for driver and passengers.

The 30 million vehicles that are part of the new investigation have inflators with a “desiccant” or drying agent. According to the document, NHTSA said there have been no reported ruptures of vehicles on the roads with air bag inflators with the drying agent.

NHTSA did not immediately publish an overview of how many vehicles per manufacturer would be recalled, but certainly among the many GM models it should be expected that there will be some Saab models and series with built-in problematic Takata airbags.

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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