Recalled Recall Called

Attention 2002-2005 Saab 9-5 owners.

Back in 2004, Saab issued a recall for the 2001 and 2002 Saab 9-3. The recall was concerned with some plastic tabs that held the fuel line in place. There had been a manufacturing issue with some of these tabs with left them potentially defective. The fear was that if the fuel line detached, there could be a leaking and in the presence of an ignition source, there’d be a fire.

Air. Fuel. Spark.

In December 2005 this recall was recalled to find out if the scope of the recall was wide enough. i.e. were there more potentially faulty fuel line clips than they thought. And it seems there were.

So at the start of this month, the recall was effectively reissued and now appears to cover the Saab 9-3 models mentioned above (there are pre-sedan models, so if you’ve got a SS then relax) but there’s also now a recall on 2002-2005 Saab 9-5s for the same potential problem.

The details are as follows:

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2005 SAAB 9-5 FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Recall Date: 03/07/2007

Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FUEL PUMP RETAINING TABS HOLDING THE FUEL LINES WERE DAMAGED DURING PRODUCTION.

Consequence:
OVER TIME, THIS COULD CAUSE THE FUEL LINES TO LOOSEN FROM THE PUMP RESULTING IN FUEL LEAKAGE. IF AN IGNITION SOURCE WERE PRESENT, THE FUEL MAY IGNITE RESULTING IN A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL DEVELOP A SECURING BRACKET THAT WILL SECURE THE FUEL LINES TO THE FUEL PUMP EVEN IF THE PLASTIC RETAINING TABS SHOULD BREAK. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2007. THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF PREVIOUS RECALL CAMPAIGNS – SEE 04V557 AND 06V126. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SAAB AT 1-800-955-9007.

Potential Units Affected: 94377

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Don’t they know that ALL CAPS is bad netiquette?

This is based from a US source as far as I know, but if you’ve got one of the effected models then it might pay to call your dealer or the Saab office in your country – just to be sure. I’m sure the same clips were used in models for all markets, so it’s worth a call.

Apparently there’s also a DIY fix for this at Saabnet.

Click here for the Internet Auto Guide on Saab recalls.

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Thanks to Ivan for the heads-up.

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8 Comments

  1. I asked my local dealer too, as I had just got a notice last month for my wife’s MY03 9-5. He said the fix for the 9-5 should take 20 minutes, as the area is quite easily accessable. He mentioned there is an access door in the trunk to get to the fuel pump and was not a big deal.

    However, to fix a 9-3 is an all day’er, or two, as there is much to do to even access the affected area. He mentioned that on the 9-3’s that the entire fuel tank, yes the tank, had to be removed.

    Fun!

  2. Paid 9/10’s of an hour on the 9-3.
    Takes me fifteen minutes. The tank DOES NOT need to come all the way out.

    Simply unbolt the straps and the fill tube, drop the rear of the tank until it wedges in front of the axle, screw the clip in and reassemble.

  3. That’s certainly better news than I heard! I kinda figured there’d be a better way… *scratches head*.

    Hmm, never had a recall on the 9-2x. *takes shelter*

  4. The best way I know of is the way I described.
    And, to the best of my knowledge, doing the job in fifteen minutes, including going to get the car, pulling it in, lifting and lowering the car, pulling it out and filling out the paperwork was among the fastest times ever on that job.
    I celebrated that fact by doing another one. 🙁

  5. ctm: Yes, I was being vaguely facetious. I’ll take the chance to resonate the statement by Swade anytime that I can, something about the 9-2x going down as the most reliable Saab in history… *sigh*

    Before I get berraged — Remember I traded in mine for a MY07 Combi, and lovin’ every damn second of it with no regrets! Just that I had a great 2 year affair with the Saabaru, and that’s what got me hooked into the marque. That’s what got my wife hooked too, as she’s driving that 9-5 I mention above. 😉 Good times!

  6. Here in the U.S. they recalled my 2001 9-5 Aero for this issue. I had it done free of cost a few weeks ago.

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