WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 179,861 Saab and Saturn vehicles in the U.S. because they may have potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall is part of a larger recall of about 200,000 Saab and Saturn vehicles in North America.
"Upon deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."
GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson told Edmunds that neither Takata nor GM has any field reports of ruptures, injuries or deaths in the U.S. or Canada from inflators in the Saab and Saturn vehicles covered by the recall.
The vehicles contain the Takata PSDI-5 driver's front airbag inflator.
Takata said in January that inflators in more than 5 million vehicles were defective.
The affected Saab 9-3s were built from May 31, 2002 to February 15, 2011. The affected Saab 9-5 vehicles were built from June 23, 2010 to February 21, 2011. The affected Saturn Astra vehicles were built from April 11, 2007 to July 24, 2008.
GM dealers will replace the driver's frontal airbag inflator on the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles and will replace the driver's frontal airbag module on the Saturn Astra vehicles.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles must wait for parts to become available. It's best to stay in touch with your local dealer who is on the front lines of this ongoing Takata recall.