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1979 Saab 900 Recall Information

Component

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Manufacturer

SAAB CARS USA, INC.

Mfr Report Date19740801
NHTSA Campaign ID79V206000
SummaryUNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS SUCH AS AMBIENT HUMIDITY AND VEHICLE PRE-CONDITIONING BY REPEATED COLD START, AND SHORT TRIP DRIVING CYCLES IN COMBINATION WITH SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES, THERE EXISTS THE POSSIBILITY FOR ICE TO FORM IN THE THROTTLE HOUSING AND TEMPORARILY IMPEDE FULL CLOSURE OF THE THROTTLE PLATE WHEN THE ACCELERATOR IS RELEASED. THIS ICE BUILD-UP IN THE THROTTLE HOUSING MAY CAUSE HESITATION IN VEHICLE DECELERATION AND INCREASED STOPPING DISTANCES.
RemedyTHE DEALER WILL MODIFY THE ENGINE INTAKE SYSTEM TO FURTHER IMPROVE PREHEATING OF INCOMING AIR IN COLD WEATHER. THIS WILL BE DONE FREE OF CHARGE.
NotesVEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES.SYSTEM: FUEL; THROTTLE HOUSING.CONSEQUENCES OF DEFECT: LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL AND AN ACCIDENT COULD RESULT.

Component

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Manufacturer

SAAB CARS USA, INC.

Mfr Report Date19771001
NHTSA Campaign ID83V068000
SummaryA PROBLEM RELATING TO THE FRONT EXHAUST PIPE BRACKET ATTACHMENT COULD CAUSE LEAKING OF TRANSMISSION OIL. TRANSMISSION COULD LOCK UP DUE TO LACK OF PROPER OIL LUBRICATION.
RemedyDEALER WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING EXHAUST PIPE BRACKET WITH ONE THAT ATTACHES TO THE SIDE OF THE TRANSMISSION. THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL COVER GASKET WILL ALSO BE REPLACED, USING SCREWS INSTEAD OF STUDS.
NotesVEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES.SYSTEM: FUEL; EXHAUST PIPE BRACKET ATTACHMENT.CONSEQUENCES OF DEFECT: TRANSMISSION LOCK UP COULD RESULT IN AN ACCIDENT ANDPERSONAL INJURY.NOTE: UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS CORRECTED, OWNER SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE TRANSMISSIONOIL IS KEPT AT AN ADEQUATE LEVEL. IF THE OIL LEVEL SINKS TOO LOW, THEDIFFERENTIAL MAY BEGIN TO WHINE AND IT MAY BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TOCHANGE GEARS.

Component

EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS:HIGH/LOW BEAM DIMMER SWITCH

Manufacturer

SAAB CARS USA, INC.

Mfr Report Date19780601
NHTSA Campaign ID79V099000
SummaryTHE HEADLAMP RELAY MAY FAIL IN SUCH A WAY AS TO CAUSE THE HEADLAMPS TO FAIL TO SWITCH FROM LOW TO HIGH BEAM (OR VICE VERSA) WHEN THE CONTROL SWITCH IS OPERATED. ALSO, THE HEADLAMPS MAY SHUT OFF INTERMITTENTLY OR COMPLETELY.
RemedyDEALER WILL INSPECT AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE HEADLAMP RELAY, WITHOUT CHARGE TO OWNER.
NotesVEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES.SYSTEM: LIGHTING AND COMMUNICATIONS; HIGH/LOW BEAM DIMMER.CONSEQUENCES OF DEFECT: IF THE HEADLAMPS SHUT OFF, OTHER DRIVERS MAY NOT SEETHE VEHICLE AND THE DRIVER MAY NOT SEE THE ROAD. A VEHICLE ACCIDENT COULDRESULT.

Component

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES

Manufacturer

SAAB CARS USA, INC.

Mfr Report Date19780801
NHTSA Campaign ID79V230000
SummaryTHE INSULATION OF THE POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE MAY POSSIBLY MELT OR BECOME BRITTLE DUE TO THE HIGH TEMPERATURES WHICH MAY BE GENERATED IN THE VICINITY OF THE CABLE.
RemedyDEALER WILL REPLACE THE 'B+' CABLE (POSITIVE CABLE FROM STARTER), ADD PROTECTIVE SLEEVES OVER THE STARTER WIRING HARNESS, AND INSTALL A NEW HEAT GUARD FOR THE BATTERY, WITHOUT CHARGE.
NotesVEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES.SYSTEM: ELECTRICAL; BATTERY CABLE.CONSEQUENCES OF DEFECT: DEGRADATION OF THE INSULATION MAY RESULT IN THE VEHICLEBEING DISABLED. A FIRE MAY ALSO IGNITE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, CAUSINGVEHICLE DAMAGE AND INJURY TO VEHICLE PASSENGERS.NOTE: OWNER IS ADVISED TO FREQUENTLY INSPECT THE BATTERY CASE, STARTER HARNESS,AND STARTER CABLE (PARTICULARLY BETWEEN THE FENDER WELL CLAMP AND THE STARTER)FOR SIGNS OF MELTING. VEHICLE SHOULD ALSO NOT BE USED FOR TRAILER TOWING PRIORTO REPAIR.

Information provided by NHTSA
Data updated October 2019


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