September 29, 2005

Saab to recall 300,000 defective 9-3, 9-5 cars

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Saab, an arm of General Motors, said
on Thursday it will recall around 300,000 Saab 9-3s and 9-5s
from the model years 2000 through 2002 because of overheating
in the ignition system.

Saab would recall the cars to replace the ignition box
after a request from U.S. federal safety regulators.

"We will recall around 300,000 cars world-wide. A fault has
emerged where electric overload causes ignition box failure and
the engine won't start," Saab spokesman Christer Nilsson told
Reuters. "In rare cases engines have stopped while driving."

Nilsson said there had been three or four incidents due to
engines stopping while driving but that no people had been

He said the company would contact owners of the models
during the autumn and that ignition box replacements would
begin next year.