NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,000 miles

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2002 Saab 9-5 electrical problems

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2002 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 192006

9-5 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Ignition switch shut off while on a busy highway twice! once in 2006 and once later another year plus once in a driveway (car purchased used in the fall of 2005). The Saab switch is located in the center console and if it is hit it switches off and shuts down the car, same as recalled switches in other GM cars. Very dangerous on the highway, but I was lucky and able to steer to the side without a crash. There should have been a lock mechanism to prevent it from happening. It never occurred to me to report it though it is definitely a safety hazard in a what was at the time a GM owned product. I still own the car and drive it daily on the same highway, however am very much aware of the issue. I wasn't aware of what caused the shut down until it happened the second time a few months after the first time. You should include Saab in the recall of GM products.

- Canton, ME, USA

problem #1

Oct 072005

9-5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Contact stated the engine will shut off while driving. There are no warning lights or signs indicating a problem. When this happens there is no power steering or acceleration. The service dealer can not duplicate the problem., therefore, can not repair the problem. They are going to attempt to find the problem on November 11, 2005. The manufacturer sent a regional manager, and he said it could be the ignition switch. The ignition switch was replaced, but it did not correct the problem.

- Lynnfield, MA, USA

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