Detroit, MI — February 25, 2016 — More than 179,860 Saab vehicles are part of a new extension of the Takata airbag recalls. General Motors (GM) is citing Saab 9-3’s with model years between 2003 and 2011 and Saab 9-5’s that date to 2010 and 2011. The recall also includes 2010 and 2011 Saturn Astra vehicles for a similar complaint.
“The remedy will begin once the new parts become available.”
As with the many other Takata recalls, the inflators in these vehicles could pose a serious injury risk to occupants in the event of a rupture. Although several deaths have occurred because of these units, this particular recall involves the “non-desiccated PSDI-5 inflator.”
The Part 573 report posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that Takata is exercising “an abundance of caution” with this recall rather than responding to observed accidents.
Although GM’s new recall stems from tests conducted last month, its investigations into inflators dates back to October 2014. The report also lists the intended remedy, which will begin once the new parts become available.
“Dealers will replace the driver airbag inflator on Saab 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles subject to this recall,” it states. “Dealers will replace the driver airbag module on Saturn Astra vehicles subject to this recall. Pursuant to 577.11, General Motors does not plan to provide notice about reimbursement to owners because owners would not have been aware of the issue prior to this recall.”
A manufacturer’s notice for dealers adds that the Global Warrantee Management system will receive an update to help facilitate recall effectiveness. The GM recalls include the entirety of the United States, with a full 100 percent of these vehicles estimated to contain the defect. Manufacture dates for these included autos go as far back as 2002.