General Motors has issued a recall for the 2006-2011 model-year Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
Affected vehicles are fitted with potentially faulty driver-side front airbags that are susceptible to degradation as a result of moisture intrusion.
If the condition occurs and the vehicle is involved in a collision that triggers the airbag, the metal inflator housing could rupture under excessive internal pressure, sending metal fragments into the cabin.
The fault poses a significant risk of serious injury, even death, to the vehicle’s occupants.
A VIN list for the affected Saab models can be viewed here.
Owners of the recalled units are advised to contact their local GM Holden dealer to arrange the replacement of the driver’s airbag inflator, free of charge. For more information, call 1800 632 826, or visit Holden’s airbag recall portal.
Faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths globally, including one in Australia, along with some 200 injuries. While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for around 4 million vehicles in Australia, the government wants further action to be taken.
Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit’s make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.
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