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March 12, 2003

Saab Has Recalled the 1999-2003 9-5

(SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following information.


Saab Cars USA, Inc.

Models: Saab 9-5 Year: 1999-2003

Number Potentially Involved: 70,726

Dates of Manufacture: November 1997 – October 2002

Defect: On certain passenger vehicles, if owners change their wheels/tires between summer and winter using
a steel wheel in the winter and an alloy wheel in the summer, it is possible for rust and contamination to
build up on the wheel hub during the steel wheel usage. If this occurs and the contamination is not
removed, it is possible that after the tire change service, some of this contamination could flake or
grind away resulting in reduced clamping force of the wheel to the hub. Over several seasons, it is
possible that this reduced force could result in fractures developing in the wheel bolts due to wheel to
hub movement. These fractures would result in wheel bolt breakage, allowing the wheel to detach from the
wheel hub, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Owners will be contacted by mail and asked whether they change between steel and alloy wheels. If
they do engage in this practice, they will be instructed to bring their cars to an authorized dealer. The
dealer will remove the wheels, clean any contamination from the wheel and wheel hub, and replace the
wheels using new improved bolts with attached washers
The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during March 2003. Owners may
contact Saab at 1-800-955-9007.

[NHTSA Recall No. 03V006/Saab Recall No. 15013].

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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