March 12, 2003
Saab Has Recalled the 1999-2003 9-5
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the
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].
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!
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