NHTSA Saab Recall

NHTSA Action Number :  RQ05003  	NHTSA Recall Campaign Number :  N/A
Make / Models :     	    	Model/Build Years:    
      SAAB / 9-3 	    	2001
      SAAB / 9-3 CONVERTIBLE 	    	2001
Manufacturer : SAAB CARS USA, INC.
Component :
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Date Investigation Opened : December 20, 2005
Date Investigation Closed : Open
Summary:
ON NOVEMBER 19, 2004 GENERAL MOTORS (GM) NOTIFIED ODI OF A DEFECT 
CONDITION THAT COULD RESULT IN FUEL LEAKAGE AT THE FUEL PUMP CONNECTIONS 
IN APPROXIMATELY 17,400 MODEL YEAR (MY) 2001 AND 2002 SAAB 9-3 PASSENGER 
VEHICLES BUILT AT THE UUSIKAUPUNKI, FINLAND ASSEMBLY PLANT BETWEEN MAY 
2000 AND JULY 2002 (NHTSA RECALL NO. 04V-557). ACCORDING TO GM, PLASTIC 
FUEL PUMP RETAINING TABS HOLDING THE FUEL LINES WERE DAMAGED DURING THE 
MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR SOME OF THE 9-3 VEHICLES BUILT AT THE FINLAND 
PLANT. GM INDICATED THAT, OVER TIME, THIS COULD CAUSE THE FUEL LINES TO 
LOOSEN FROM THE PUMP RESULTING IN FUEL LEAKAGE WHICH, IN THE PRESENCE OF 
AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE FIRE. THE RECALLED VEHICLES 
WERE FITTED WITH A SECURING BRACKET TO HOLD THE FUEL LINES TO THE FUEL 
PUMP EVEN IF THE RETAINING TABS SHOULD BREAK. THE OFFICE OF DEFECTS 
INVESTIGATIONS (ODI) HAS RECEIVED SIX COMPLAINTS FROM OWNERS OF MY 2001 
SAAB 9-3 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AT THE TROLLHATTAN, SWEDEN ASSEMBLY PLANT 
AND NOT INCLUDED IN RECALL 04V-557, WHICH ALLEGE INCIDENTS OF FUEL LEAKAGE 
AT THE FUEL PUMP MODULE THAT MAY BE RELATED TO THE DEFECT ADDRESSED BY RECALL 
04V-557. A RECALL QUERY HAS BEEN OPENED TO DETERMINE IF THE SCOPE OF RECALL 
04V-557 WAS ADEQUATE.

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