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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Saab Cars USA, Inc.

Models:

Saab 900 Years: 1997-1998
Saab 9000 Years: 1997-1998
Saab 9-3 Years: 1999
Saab 9-5 Years: 1999


Number Involved: 39,313
Dates of Manufacture: February 1997 - June 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V139
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The air bag alert label on the driver's side visor was omitted. This does not comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." The vehicle occupant may not properly understand the operation of the air bag system and the need to use seat belts.
Remedy: Owners will be provided with an alert label to be installed on the visible side of the driver's sun visor. If an owner so desires, their dealer can install the label for them. Owner notification is expected to begin Aug. 30, 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who do not receive the free label and installation instructions within a reasonable time should contact Saab at 1-800-955-9007.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.