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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,714 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Saab 9-3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 132016

9-3

  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall" my car keeps giving me the following alert: Airbag malfunction. How can I verify it is part of the recall"

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 132016

9-3

  • miles
Saab recall. I received both seat belt retractor and airbag inflate defect safety recall notice. However, in my car the seat belt retractor malfunction is in the driver side. I have called the Saab official service center and the dealer for both problems several days up today and I have not had an answer or solution to those problems. Besides, I have tried to repair the seat belt, but I can't find the part. As you can see in the attached photos to drive with a seat belt in that conditions is extremely dangerous. However, I feel that I am not safe driving my car, and that the hazard has increased with this car's airbag malfunction. I am a 79 years old man who has this car as the only mean of transportation that I have.

- Willowbrook, IL, USA

problem #12

Mar 232016

9-3

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V063000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Wynnewood, PA, USA

problem #11

Jun 012016

9-3 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2004 Saab 9-3. consumer writes in regards to driver airbag inflator recall notice.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #10

Mar 312016

9-3

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. the contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V063000 (air bags); however, the part for the recall was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer and dealer were not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Pleasantville, NJ, USA

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problem #9

Mar 042016

9-3

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 16V063000 (air bags) and stated that the parts needed were unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #8

Mar 112016

9-3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 16V063000 (air bags) in March of 2016. The contact called Saab to determine when the parts would be available. The contact was advised that the notification was sent by mistake and the VIN was no longer included in the recall. The manufacturer informed the contact that he would receive a second notice. The contact did not feel safe driving the vehicle because the air bags could potentially deploy without warning. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 012016

9-3

  • 0 miles
Takata recall: I contacted my dealer as instructed and was informed that there are no parts and no information as to when the parts will be available. I asked them to disconnect my seemingly murderous airbag and they said it was illegal. Why is it not illegal to have to wait for an indefinite period of time to repair something that is potentially very dangerous or even fatal" I believe takata should offer rental cars to those waiting and if they had to assume that financial responsibility they may come up with the repair parts faster. Is there another way to address this situation? is any action being taken to motivate takata to deal with this in a more efficient manner" even if I were to sell the car, the recall would make it unwanted by any customer. Please let me know how to resolve this.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #6

Feb 032016

9-3 4-cyl

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V063000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 05/26/16 updated 06/14/16.

- Wayne, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012016

9-3 4-cyl

  • miles
Takata inflators: I recently received my safety recall notice for the driver airbag defect in my 2004 Saab 9-3. I understand the circumstances and that the repair parts for this defect are currently not available. I also understand the severe implications to this defect in case of an accident. I have talked to my certified service center and they suggested I reach out to you because I would like you to issue me a written approval to authorize them to disconnect the air bag to remove the risks. The dealership told me that in the past they have received requests to disconnect passenger airbags when someone needed to use a car seat and they did not want the airbag to explode on impact. This is a similar situation, where I do not want the airbag to explode on impact due to a defective part. Since you are unable to fix this problem immediately, and I need to be able to drive the car, I cannot be driving a car that can cause serious injuries or death if I were to get in an accident. Therefore, the only option is to disconnect the hazard so the car can still be safely driven. The seatbelt is in place, along with side airbags for safety. Once you have supplied the parts to fix the airbag, then it can be installed and reconnected. Thank you,

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 232012

9-3 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Saab 9-3 rear ended a Dodge sprinter van at ~5mph and passenger ab deployed. Passenger seat was completely empty. Vehicle normally displays seat belt warning when seat has a heavy bag (or passenger) in it and warning was not displayed. Only exterior damage was to front fascia. No damage to hood or either quarter panel. Accident occurred at a 3 way intersection with a yield sign. Vehicle in front of Saab started to proceed and then abruptly stopped. Driver of the Saab was looking behind them to insure traffic was clear, looked up to notice vehicle in front had stopped, and slammed on brakes. The vehicle in front (Dodge sprinter van) did have a large tow hitch with a small aluminum diamond plate step.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 142009

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3 convertible. The contact was involved in a crash with another vehicle while driving 30 mph; however, his air bags failed to deploy. There were no serious injuries, but the driver and his spouse complained of aches and pains. A police report was filed. The manufacturer has not been notified. The dealer was informed of the air bag failure. The current and failure mileages were approximately 42,000. Updated 5/27/09

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 192005

9-3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Airbags deployed with no accident and no impact roll bars deployed with no accident and no impact/convertible top was not down. Barnd new Saab 9.3 car towed to dealer/corporate has been contacted by owner of car/no response from carporate for one week. Car still at dealer with no answers or reasons for deployment of airbags and rollbars. Police towed vehicle/no report/no accident

- Edgewater, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004

9-3

  • miles
Air bag can discharged without being in an accident. The consumer requested the air bags to be disconnected on the driver's side due to previous injuries.

- Marion, MA, USA

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