I got this via Ted S in the United States overnight. It relates back to 2006, which is just a year after I started writing about Saab. I have to say, I don’t recall hearing about any particular problems with airbags in the Saab 9-5 around that time, but maybe such subjects simply weren’t on my radar.
Here’s the quote. The story is about the big GM recall fiasco that’s been going on the last few months.
The rate of air bag-related warranty claims for the Cobalt in 2006 was more than four times higher than for Honda Motor Co. (7267)’s Civic, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Corolla and Ford Motor Co.’s Focus, according to the documents. After the Cobalt, the next highest claims rates were with two other GM vehicles, the Saab 9-5 and the Cadillac CTS.
I’m left wondering about the context in which they’re reporting this. They don’t give numbers for the 9-5 or the CTS so no-one knows what the volumes actually are. Was it the Cobalt, then daylight, then the Saab?
They mention a 7,000+ warranty claim figure for the Honda but there weren’t even 7,000 Saab 9-5’s sold in 2006 (4,992 sold). Or in 2005 (6,103 sold). Surely there wasn’t an airbag warranty issue for every Saab sold in that period?
If you’re a 9-5 owner – either past or present – what’s your experience? Ever had your early-mid 2000’s Saab 9-5 airbag fixed on warranty? Ever heard that it was a widespread problem?
Let me know.