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Saab 9-3 recall 03V514000

Seat Backrest May Not Be Installed Correctly
Body, Interior & Misc., December 29, 2003

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The seat backrest mechanism may not have been installed correctly. In a crash, this could result in the backrest folding forward, increasing the risk of injury to the driver or front passenger.


Please contact your Saab dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


The seat backrest mechanism may not have been installed correctly. In a crash, this could result in the backrest folding forward, increasing the risk of injury to the driver or front passenger. Dealers will inspect the vehicle's front seats to verify if the component was installed improperly. The dealer may need to order a complete new seat to repair the concern. The recall began February 1, 2004. The Saab recall number is 15014.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2004

Mfr's Report Date:
December 29, 2003

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V514000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1658

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 207, ¿SEATING SYSTEMS.¿ THE BACKREST LOCKING MECHANISM ON SOME FRONT SEATS MAY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED INCORRECTLY.

Consequence: THIS COULD CAUSE THE SEAT BACK TO FOLD FORWARD IN A FRONTAL CRASH, RESULTING IN INJURY TO THE DRIVER AND/OR FRONT SEAT PASSENGER.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE VEHICLE¿S FRONT SEATS TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE IMPROPERLY INSTALLED COMPONENT. IF EITHER OR BOTH OF THE SEATS HAVE THIS COMPONENT, THEY WILL BE REPLACED. THE DEALER MAY NEED TO ORDER A COMPLETE NEW SEAT OR SEATS (INCLUDING MATCHING UPHOLSTERY) AND THE PARTS MAY TAKE UP TO TWO TO FOUR WEEKS TO ARRIVE. SAAB WILL PROVIDE A RENTAL CAR FOR THE OWNER UNTIL THE NEW SEAT(S) IS (ARE) AVAILABLE AND INSTALLED BY THE DEALER. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SAAB AT 1-800-955-9007.

Notes: SAAB RECALL NO. 15014.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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