NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,457 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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2003 Saab 9-3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 182012

9-3 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


My vehicle was covered under a seat belt recall, and was serviced in 2005. I purchased the car used, but according to the previous owner, the seat belt on the driver's side has been broken for at least a year. The replacement did not fix the issue, in this case.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 242010

9-3 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I just bought a 2003 Saab 9-3 vector. After purchasing the vehicle, I noticed the seat belt would not retract properly and did some research on the internet. I then found out about the recall about that exact thing and took the car to an authorized dealer which could perform service. They told me it had already been replaced, and that it would cost a few hundred dollars to do it again, even though there is a recall out on it. I have a hard time believing it was replaced once and then it went bad again, and I should say that the car only went over 50000 miles this evening on my way home from work. The dealer should repair this faulty item for free and then be reimbursed by the manufacturer.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 072010


  • miles
2003 Saab 9-3 front seatbelts do not retract. Reported to dealer prior to April 2010 and was informed that this recall was fixed. Apparently the dealer that claimed they replaced these seatbelts had not. Quite a safety issue to not have properly working front seat belts.

- Wales, ME, USA

problem #4

May 072009


  • 60,000 miles


2003 Saab 9-3, seatbelt will not retract properly 1. seat belt is slow to retract, almost to the point where I have to push it back into the retract system. 2. it fails everytime I enter my car 3. nothing yet. Saab usa is unwilling to help with the issue.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #3

Jun 172005

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
My Saab has had a litany of problems since I have owned the car. It all started with little items. Ignition wouldn't start the car. Head lights burnt out. Dash peeling, door handles discoloring, emergency brake getting stuck and being able to operate my car. Engine warning light because my gas cap wasn't on correct. Steering wheel locking while I was driving. Wheel lock light remaining on while I was driving. Brakes replaced due to factory retro fit. Seat belts being recalled. Computer constantly needing to be replaced so the car would function. Electronic key failing so I couldn't start my car. My car is a 5 speed and the shifter handle has an continues to come off in my hand. A minimum of 3 fuses needing to be replaced. The dash board goes blank at times showing no functions of the car. Window wouldn't go up or down and required the regulator to be replaced. Erractic idle. Service engine light comes on but, dealer doesn't know why. Brakes needed to be replaced at 30,000 miles and rotors too.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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problem #2

Feb 132004

9-3 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The consumer was able to remove the key from the ignition switch while the vehicle was still running. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer replaced the ignition module. The repairs worked fine for two weeks, then the problem recurred. The fuel pump was replaced, the fog and head lights would go out once a month, the traction control was not working properly, the seat belts did not recoil to provide security for the passengers, the clutch pedal did not have the proper pressure when applied, the engine would not "spin over, " there was a blown fuel pump fuse, the driver window was inoperative, the sunroof deflector did not collapse when closing the glass causing the glass to re-open on it's own, the driver door panel did not fit the flush to the door panel, the radio and the onstar feature did not work.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 312003

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,200 miles
Airbags did not deploy in a 30-35mph frontal collision with an oncoming vehicle. Seatbelt restraint injured both passengers, but none of the airbags deployed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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