Replacement Air Bags are Finally Available

After about 18 months of waiting, I was finally able to get replacements for the defective Takata air bags in my 2008 9-3 convertible and my wife’s 2010 9-3x sportcombi in the past week.  GM handled the air bag replacement in my wife’s car, even though it is a SWAN model.  Apparently, safety recalls remained with GM even after the sale to SWAN.

If you have been waiting, it’s probably time to find the nearest authorized SAAB service center and see if you can schedule an appointment.  They needed about one week’s notice to get the parts in.

SAABS have always been fun and safe, and its nice to know that the safety is back!

Editor’s note: During the management transition period no posts were approved. We apologize for the delay. PaulF’s post dates back to May.

skol.93
Member
Are we talking about an U.S. Model? This topic is a very important topic. I can not understand that nobody feels responsponsible for it in Europe. We are buying new rims for our cars, but that our cars (in the worst case) could kill us is not a topic for us???? We are talking about Saab and safety, so why is in Europe NOBODY interrested in this. I would go immediately to my Saab Dealer (with my 3 Saab’s 9-3) and let the Airbag change. But nobody can tell me if i then will get the same “problematic” Takata one… Read more »
3cyl
Member
After some waiting parts became available in US. I had the recall work done on a 2007 9-5 2.3T and a 2009 2.0T XWD. Parts must be very available here as we received several notices from GM and from SAAB service shops re: “make an appointment to schedule the recall service”. This was a quick repair (less than 30 minutes in one case) so I don’t know if it involves a complete airbag replacement or just the replacement of some parts. There was no charge in either case. It is interesting that GM is taking responsibility for cars not built… Read more »
mallthus
Member

As I recall (and I could be wrong), the Saabs with defective Takata airbags are only those built to the US specification. European/Asian spec models have different airbags that, as best as I can tell, are either not known to be defective or aren’t from Takata.

This is a byproduct of US cars needing to meet US airbag specifications, which mandate a larger bag that inflates with more force, as they’re designed to protect an unbelted person.

skol.93
Member
Hey Mallthus, no they are not. There is no diversification between US specification and non US specification within the part number (of the Inflatable Bag). You are right, there was a time when different manufacturers, such as VW for instance, mounted different sizes for Europe and US specifications. But i am pretty sure Saab and Volvo never builded different Airbag sizes. (I am really chocked and disappointed that there is so less discussion about such an important topic. And even more because i thought Saab drivers are responsible driver which actively decided to buy a very safe car. But as… Read more »
3cyl
Member

Well skol.93. at least they will go out in style. Seriously though, it seems odd that the problem has been addressed here but not in your locale.

Rune Moberg
Member

We are currently in the midst of a reorganization of SU. I agree airbags are important, and I hope we will cover this subject fully in the near future.

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