Vehicles Affected: About 28,789 model-year 2004-11 Saab 9-3 convertibles
The Problem: The automatic tensioning system cable in the driver’s-side front seat belt retractor could break. If this happens, the seat belt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract. GM said the convertible and sedan versions were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts. Click here for the original sedan recall. GM has since learned of customer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the convertibles.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s-side retractor for free. In addition, GM has issued a special coverage so that if the same repair is required to the passenger-side retractor, it will be covered for the life of the vehicle. GM also extended the special coverage for passenger-side belt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle. The automaker said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM customer service at 866-418-8168 for more info.