GM Recalls 200,000 Saabs, Saturns for Air Bag Inflators

DETROIT (Detroit Free Press/TNS) —

General Motors is recalling about 200,000 Saturn and Saab models in North America to replace Takata driver’s side air bag inflators in the vehicles.

The recall covers Saab 9-3 vehicles from the 2003 through 2011 model years, Saab 9-5 vehicles from the 2010 through 2011 model years, and Saturn Astra vehicles from the 2008 and 2009 model years. The vehicles contain the Takata PSDI-5 driver front airbag inflator.

About 180,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., and the remainder are in Canada.

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expanded the recall of Takata’s air bag inflators from 23 million to about 28 million. The total number of vehicles equipped with those inflators is hard to determine because some vehicles with the newly recalled inflators were already covered under prior recalls of other inflators in the same vehicle.

In the event of a driver front airbag deployment, the inflator could rupture and metal fragments from the inflator could result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.

The issue involves defective inflator and propellant devices that may deploy improperly in the event of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants. Approximately 34 million vehicles are potentially affected in the U.S., and another 7 million have been recalled worldwide.

Neither Takata nor GM has any field reports of ruptures, injuries or deaths in the U.S. or Canada from inflators in the Saab and Saturn vehicles covered by this recall.

Worldwide, 10 deaths and more than 100 serious injuries have been tied to Takata’s rupturing air bag inflators, including one fatal accident in Malaysia.

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