Saab recall 630 units of 2011 9-5

From Vi Bilgare. It’s never good news when this happens but it’s good to see they’ve caught the problem quickly and are taking proactive measures to remedy it.

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Saab recalls 630 cars of the model year 2011.

Because of rattling, a subcontractor to Saab Automobile adjusted the design of the cover that covers the airbag on the steering wheel on the new Saab 9-5.

Then it was discovered that the cover can prevent the airbag to function fully in a collision.

According to a letter to 630 owners of Saab 9-5, model year 2011, the airbag can cause injury to the occupants if it is released.

Has anyone been injured?
– No, this is a proactive measure so our customers can feel safe. The possibility of this happening, we calculated to about three percent, says Hans-Jörgen Brandt, Communications Director at Saab Automobile, to Vi Bilägare.

This is the first time the new Saab 9-5 is recalled. 630 cars in 20 countries is affected, including 145 cars in Sweden. Hans-Jörgen Brandt would not say how many cars that have so far been delivered this year.

Car owners are now encouraged to immediately contact an authorized Saab workshop where the unit for the airbag must be replaced. This process takes about half an hour and is free of charge.

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Thanks to Arild (who owns a 2011 Saab 9-5 himself) for the translation!

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 9 months ago
I saw that yesterday, or was it today anyway, didn´t wanna spoil the day. It´s really a small thing. They located a problem and act but…. There is a guy who allways answering all Saab related article in Vi Bilägare called Jarl S. He has pissed me of plenty of times, he hate Saab and pick on “us” all the time. I am up for a “campign” at him (I´m not the mob) but he is our worst enemy. If I new the man I gladly run him over or just burst into his face in full power, just hurt… Read more »
saabtech343
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saabtech343
5 years 9 months ago

Tomas, I agree with you 100%. and i like the attitude and passion you have for saab! You have the jersey attitude as we say here in the states. Happy Holidays!!!

benrp
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benrp
5 years 9 months ago

Just made a comment directed at him on that site. Hopefully Google translator served me well (I don’t know Swedish)

Arild
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5 years 9 months ago
Tomas, I too have been in many discussions with people like that. But it’s no use. They never listen to reason. Then I realized that I almost never make negative comments on other cars, so why does these people always make comments on Saab? So I decided to try a new strategy. The next time hateful Saab comments showed up, I wrote a general answer stating that people must have pretty meaningless and miserable life when they will use their precious time on this earth writing negative comments about a brand they don’t like. And they should in stead use… Read more »
Hans H
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Hans H
5 years 9 months ago

I have tried that method too.

One of them even tried to be polite. For a while.

But I still wonder why people must write such things. But Saab seems to do that. Some people love Saab, and other seem to hate Saab. How can you hate a car?

benrp
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benrp
5 years 9 months ago

I can see how people may dislike a brand but why Saab? Its the ultimate feel good story of a small little car company succeeding against the odds.

JL
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JL
5 years 9 months ago
A theory: In Sweden there have always been some people taking sides strongly for either Volvo or SAAB – the two car brands that have always completely dominated the Swedish car market (with Volvo always being number one). Think e g fans of soccer teams, to get an idea of the mental status of these individuals. Some of the Volvo fans may have “moved up” to owning e g a used BMW, but they still hate SAAB. Other Volvo fans may be infuriated by the fact that Volvo now is controlled by Chinese capital whereas SAAB is still under European… Read more »
benrp
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benrp
5 years 9 months ago

So its the Swedish version of the Holden vs Ford rivalry (Australians will know what i’m talking about), interesting.

Yerrun
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Yerrun
5 years 9 months ago

@ Tomas, The best thing is to make some fun of these guys, the more intellectual readers will get the point. Discussing with those guys never ends anyway…
I found a similar guy on the autocar website who says he’s Swedish, drove 2 Saabs and has inside news from the automotive industry. He comments on every single thread with a new problem or irrelevant opinion. He even claims that BMW would produce Mini’s in Trollhättan?! He’s just making that up!
About the airbag problem: I googled a bit and guess what Opel does with his Insignia… Same problem?

yerrun
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yerrun
5 years 9 months ago

I noticed a FAR more positive review of the new 9-5 now on Autocar. They tested the 2.0 TTID and really seem to appreciate the modified version! Excellent that Saab had this fast reaction and excellent that autocar already had the chance to test drive it! The power of Independance!
Of course, in comments there, there’s once again someone calling it a Vauxhall 9-5 but we know better! I can’t comment nor register on Autocar so if some of you Britishmen have also test-driven a TTID, add your (hopefully positive) opinion in the reviews/comments-section!

Rune
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Rune
5 years 9 months ago

I just checked with my dealer, and my 9-5 is not part of the recall.

While there, I decided to ask the friendly and very helpful parts guy about maps for my satnav… I need Bulgaria+Turkey+Hungary+Serbia. He found maps for Europe, but it did not sound like anything in addition to what alreday comes with the car. I realize maps are a challenge, but would be nice to not be taken to the cleaners when updating the maps (and buying additional ones).

JL
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JL
5 years 9 months ago
benrp: Yes, it is interesting. Volvo have been an important part of the Swedish industrial history and to many the crown jewel among Swedish companies. A matter of great national pride. Compared to Volvo, SAAB have always been the niche player and therefore of much less importance. When Volvo was sold to Ford it was a bit of a national trauma to the Swedish people. When Ford after some years decided to sell Volvo and nobody seemed interested in buying the company and it finally ended up in the eastern hemisphere, it was unsettling since we do not know how… Read more »
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