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NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems

2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,375 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Saab 9-3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 032016

9-3

  • 128,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. while driving 30 mph, the front passenger side seat belt failed to retract without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V318000 (seat belts). The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #15

Dec 012014

9-3

  • 120,000 miles
Much like NHTSA campaign id number: 14V318000 (GM recall number 14222), the driver's seat belt does not retract. This occurs every time the belt is pulled out. In the event of a crash, the belt would not be close enough to the driver to retract, since it is too loose.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #14

Dec 282015

9-3

  • miles
Recall 14222/15027. Received safety recall notice to replace driver's side seatbelt mechanism. Upon making service appointment with local GM dealer they stated they do not have a technician to do it. I tried calling the 800 number on the recall notice and got a recording that the number was no longer in service. How can I find out who can perform this recall service?

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #13

Sep 172015

9-3

  • miles

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

The driver seat belt internal cable broke. I took it to an authorized dealer. There is a recall. But, the parts are backordered over 10 months. This is a huge safety issue. Nothing I can do. GM has not provided a date when the parts will be available.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #12

Jul 012015

9-3

  • 119,000 miles
The retractor for the driver side seat belt in my 2005 Saab 9-3 aero convertible broke. This defect is already subject of a recall by GM. I am the original owner, but did not receive notice of this recall. I have contacted GM, the local dealer, and parts distributor several times, and was told that the item is on indefinite back order and is unlikely to be available any time in the future. I believe this significantly compromises the safety of the car and is an attempt by GM to avoid the recall and repairing this safety defect. What can be done to make sure GM complies with the recall requirements?

- Boston, MA, USA

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problem #11

Aug 012014

9-3

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V318000 (seat belts) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated that the parts were not available for repair. The manufacturer stated that they still did not have the parts to satisfy the recall. Intermittently, the contact had an issue with retracting the driver side seat belt after use. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Guilford , CT, USA

problem #10

Apr 042014

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that there was a failure with the front driver side seat belt retracting. As the failure progressed, the seat belt became extremely tight upon release. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V226000 (seat belts). The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 7/9/15

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #9

Nov 012013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Driver side seat belt does not retract.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 182013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Numerous Saab owners including myself have defective seat belts for the front driver and passengers seats. These seat belts break and do not retract properly and they must be manually fed back into the car body in order to tighten. If this is not done the seat belt will fail to hold the occupants in the seat during normal driving conditions as well as in the event of an accident which due to this defect may become fatal.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 112014

9-3 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I got in my car to go to work and as I pulled the belt over my shoulder the retracting mechanism snapped. The belt was completely slack with no protective capacity. I called the dealership where I purchased the car new in 2005. I was told it was a recall item. I ordered the belt, it was backordered ("coming in from sweden"). I made the appointment for replacing it, took it in and confirmed that it was a recall. They said it was actually a "campaign" to replace faulty belt mechanisms. Ten minutes later they changed their minds, stating that they just found out (?) it didn't cover the convertible...only the sedans. I paid $431.80 for the belt and $337.50 for the labor to install it. I felt that, as I or my wife could have been injured or worse had it failed in a collision, the responsibility should lie with the manufacturer. The dealership is West county (Saab) Volvo, 14410 manchester road, manchester, mo 63011.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #6

May 192014

9-3

  • 116,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the seat belt failed to retract. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 262007

9-3 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the front passenger's side seat belt pretensioner would not function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the seat belt pretensioner would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Naper, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 152011

9-3 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the driver's side seat belt would not retract. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 012013

9-3

  • 103,000 miles
I just purchased a Saab and I noticed I have the driver side seat belt issue someone else complained about. The seat belt has no tension and wouldn't stop my forward momentum in an accident. Searching online I noticed this is a common issue in Saab from around this time and there are recalls on other year models.

- Canterbury, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012

9-3

  • 93,000 miles
My seat belt retractor doesn't work at all. It is very weak and doesn't make the seat belt tight to my chest. Everyone else who has a 2005 Saab have the same problem. I just think if I get in a major accident, it could kill me.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012011

9-3

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that after folding the seat back the seat belt became locked in place and he was unable to release it. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred him to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 95,000.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

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