2008 Saab 9-3 seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Seat Belts

NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,860 miles

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2008 Saab 9-3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 152015


  • 45,000 miles


Driver seat-belt is not retracting, and operated defectively similar to recalled Saab convertibles and other recalled GM models. Driver therefore has no working seatbelt and was told by the dealership that it was not covered under warranty. GM installed the defective seat belt in multiple vehicles that have already been recalled. Thank you for your consideration. Has been an issue since 2015

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #6

Mar 032015


  • 80,023 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the seat belt failed to release when fastened. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V318000 (seat belts) and stated that the parts needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,023. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Desert Hot Pring, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 152015


  • miles
We received a notice about GM recall 14222/15027, that we need to take our car to a Saab official service center to have the driver's side seatbelt replaced. We live in birmingham, Alabama, and there is no Saab osc in our state. I contacted Saab, and was told we can only take the car to a Saab osc "as they are the only ones that have access to this part and can install, then cover the repair and then close out the recall." The nearest Saab oscs are in chattanooga, tn (about 150 miles away) and marietta, ga (about 159 miles). Being forced to drive this distance, especially with an unsafe seatbelt, seems like an onerous burden that should not be placed on the owner. Do I have any rights to be able to have the repair done within a reasonable distance of my home?

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 182014

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Saab 9-3. the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V318000 (seat belt) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 09/18/15 updated 09/22/15

- Florence, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 242015

9-3 6-cyl

  • miles
I received the recall notice for the seatbelt tensioner for the drivers side over 7 months ago but to this day no one has or is making the part. Who will be responsible if something occurs ? I have checked with my dealer regularly and still no part available it is also made by the takata company. The airbag problem people.

- Piscataway , NJ, USA

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problem #2

Aug 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the drivers seatbelt failed to retract. The contact was able to secure the seatbelt but the failure was getting progressively worse. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V318000 (seatbelts) and stated that the parts needed were not available for several months. The dealer was unable to provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Long Island City, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 032014

9-3 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the seat belt retractors for the driver and front passenger seats stopped working. The contact was able to secure the seat belt into the latch; however, when the brakes were applied the passenger and driver moved forward because the seat belt failed to secure them. None of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The manufacturer was notified and did not offer a remedy. A local mechanic diagnosed the failure and confirmed that the seat belt retractor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 70,100. Updated 08/27/14 the consumer stated the seat belts were both replaced with no assistance offered from the manufacturer. Updated 9/5/2014

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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