• Jan 21, 2011
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Saab has announced that it is recalling around 4,400 9-3 models for defective fuel pumps. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that the vehicles made have been built with pumps that did not meet the correct specifications, and as a result, the pumps may seize, causing the engine to stall. NHTSA believes that the defect could potentially increase the risk of an accident. As far as we know, no incidents have been reported as a result of the issue.

Saab will replace the fuel pumps free of charge, and the campaign is expected to get under way on or around February 18. Owners may contact Saab directly at 1.800.955.9007 or visit the NHTSA site for more information on the recall. Hit the jump for a look at both notices.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Make: SAAB

Model: 9-3

Model Year: 2010

Manufacturer: SAAB CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Mfr's Report Date: JAN 17, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V015000

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NHTSA Action Number: N/A Component: FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Summary:
SAAB IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2010 THROUGH OCTOBER 2010. CERTAIN FUEL PUMPS INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MAY HAVE INTERNAL COMPONENTS WITH INCORRECT SPECIFICATIONS.

Consequence:
THE SUBJECT FUEL PUMPS CAN SEIZE CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL WHICH INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
SAAB WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 18, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SAAB AT 1-800-955-9007.

Notes:
SAAB'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 15029. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

Make: SAAB

Model: 9-3

Model Year: 2011

Manufacturer: SAAB CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Mfr's Report Date: JAN 17, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V015000

N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A Component: FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Summary:
SAAB IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2010 THROUGH OCTOBER 2010. CERTAIN FUEL PUMPS INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MAY HAVE INTERNAL COMPONENTS WITH INCORRECT SPECIFICATIONS.

Consequence:
THE SUBJECT FUEL PUMPS CAN SEIZE CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL WHICH INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
SAAB WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 18, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SAAB AT 1-800-955-9007.

Notes:
SAAB'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 15029. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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  • 9 Comments
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is NHTSA going out of their way to find problems that don't exist?

      "no incidents have been reported as a result of the issue"

      Way to go NHTSA. Add another to your impressive, record breaking list of recalls. What is it you do again?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Saab is most likely issuing the recall and only reported it to the NHSTA. They in turn issued a press release stating Saab is doing it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 9-5, and the entire car is prone to failure, so this is certainly no big surprise. I would just hate to think that the fuel pump would fail while the engine is hot and on the highway. Turbo could very well coke and seize too, multiplying the headache...

      But good for Saab for catching the problem so soon. Hopefully the new ownership will make this a better-made car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can echo what Ike is saying.

        I have a co-worker with a 2005 9-3 Aero and it has NOT been a reliable vehicle at all. Nearly every time I talk to him there is something else wrong with his vehicle, and it is always maintained at the dealership which already cost him his first born child.

        I always get a chucle out of the badge that has completely de-laminated and no longer has the logo, but rather just a silver disc on the rear decklid. I've actually seen this on a lot of Saabs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ike-
        I unfortunately don't quite understand what you mean, but I hope you mean that all cars are prone to complete and catastrophic failure, and you're just re-iterating that point.

        Am I correct?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Saab dealership I work at we've been doing these for the past 2 days here. We have a lot of inventory to go through.
      Ricky Mckinley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I pay to replace my fuel pump.how do I recoup my money
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL..common fuel pump failure is seizure, it's just a question of when it will happen. Apparently these fail 'sooner' than later and are therefore a problem.
      Random or even 100% fuel pump failure by 150K miles is apparently not a problem that the automaker has to make good...even though the result is the same...a potential accident.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hence the recall...