- General Motors is recalling 28,789 2004-'11 Saab 9-3 convertibles to fix a seatbelt problem.
- The automatic tensioning system cable in the driver's side front seatbelt retractor could break.
- GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 28,789 2004-'11 Saab 9-3 convertibles to fix a seatbelt problem, the automaker said on Friday.
The automatic tensioning system cable in the driver's side front seatbelt retractor could break.
"If the cable were to break, seatbelt webbing spooled out by the driver would not retract," GM said in a statement. "The convertibles and sedans were investigated at the same time, but the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts.
"GM has since learned of customer complaints to the NHTSA for the convertibles." GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
Dealers will replace the driver's side retractor in the recalled vehicles.
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 seatbelt retractors on the 2004 Saab 9-3 sedan from the original 10-year coverage to the life of the vehicle.
This recall is part of a larger GM recall of four vehicles announced by the automaker on Friday covering 581,367 vehicles.
No information about the new Saab recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.
Edmunds says: GM said in the case of the Saab 9-3 recall, customers will receive letters from GM letting them know when they can bring their vehicles into the dealership. Courtesy transportation will be provided "as needed," according to GM.