About 4,400 Saab 9-3s sold in the United States have been recalled over the issue of defective fuel pumps. These defective fuel pumps may cause the engine to stall and increase the risk of an accident. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) states the affected units have fuel pumps that did not meet correct specifications. The agency also states the defective pumps may seize, causing engine stalling. A stalled engine would increase the risk of accidents or injuries.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or accidents by the Saab vehicle owners in wake of the fuel pump issues.
The Saab 9-3 recall was announced after the company received a number of reports of fuel pump failures in 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles. The recall is limited to vehicles sold in the US.
According to Saab Cars North America, Inc., the fuel pumps in the affected 9-3 models can seize and stall engines. Although there have been no reports of accidents or injuries, this may cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle.
Saab has been investigating the fuel pump problems since October and the report of its findings was submitted to federal investigators last month. According to the company, the defective fuel pumps tend to fail at low mileages. usually less than 200 miles.
The recall affects vehicles that were manufactured between June 2010 and December 2010.
According to the automaker, the affected Saab owners will start getting notifications from the 18th of February. Those vehicles included in the Saab recall will have their fuel pumps inspected by a Saab dealer. If the pump in the vehicle is found defective it will be replaced at its local authorized Saab dealers. According to the officials of Saab, the inspection and repair should take two to three hours and it is free of cost to the owners.
Consumers with questions can contact Saab at 1-800-722-2872 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.