Ever Had An Airbag Problem In Your Saab 9-5?

I got this via Ted S in the United States overnight. It relates back to 2006, which is just a year after I started writing about Saab. I have to say, I don’t recall hearing about any particular problems with airbags in the Saab 9-5 around that time, but maybe such subjects simply weren’t on my radar.

Here’s the quote. The story is about the big GM recall fiasco that’s been going on the last few months.

The rate of air bag-related warranty claims for the Cobalt in 2006 was more than four times higher than for Honda Motor Co. (7267)’s Civic, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Corolla and Ford Motor Co.’s Focus, according to the documents. After the Cobalt, the next highest claims rates were with two other GM vehicles, the Saab 9-5 and the Cadillac CTS.

I’m left wondering about the context in which they’re reporting this. They don’t give numbers for the 9-5 or the CTS so no-one knows what the volumes actually are. Was it the Cobalt, then daylight, then the Saab?

They mention a 7,000+ warranty claim figure for the Honda but there weren’t even 7,000 Saab 9-5’s sold in 2006 (4,992 sold). Or in 2005 (6,103 sold). Surely there wasn’t an airbag warranty issue for every Saab sold in that period?

If you’re a 9-5 owner – either past or present – what’s your experience? Ever had your early-mid 2000’s Saab 9-5 airbag fixed on warranty? Ever heard that it was a widespread problem?

Let me know.

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  1. Shortly after I bought my 1999 Saab 9-5 in 2007 the side airbag on the driver side failed. The car was out of warranty, and thus I never got it fixed. It simply wasn’t worth the $1000-ish it would have cost.

  2. Never had a problem with either of the 9-5´s I´ve owned.
    I have had a 2000 2,3t, a 2000 Aero SC, a 2007 TiD, a 2007 2,3 BioPower, a 2010 Griffin and a 2011 Aero.

  3. We bought our 1999 SAAB 9-5 Wagon brand new on August 18, 1999, and have had no air bag issues in 205,000 miles.

  4. never had an airbag problem with a 95. this includes a 1999 wagon. 2001 Aero 200,000 miles, 2003 Aero 150,000 miles. 2004 Aero wagon 180,000 miles, 2001 Aero wagon 100,000 miles.

  5. Bever heard of a problem with the 9-5 airbags, surely a 9-5 of that vintage will have different airbags to the later Cobalt and CTS….

  6. If I recall correctly from forum discussions, the only airbag related problems I have seen has been one or two cases of connection problems to the drivers side impact airbag, and broken clock springs. The clock springs may in rare cases wear out over time, but for new cars it almost always depends on mounting the spring in the wrong rotational position. However, that would most likely have been seen at the first full left or right turn, and thus unlikely that such a car would reach the customer.

    Personally, I have not seen any airbag related problems in real life on the 9-5s around here, but they are all 1999-2001 models.

  7. Had 2 9-5s, both post ’02 models. 4 bags. No issues. Scared to set them off actually when I do work on the cars to be honest. Never heard there were issues in all my readings. And I read a Lot on these cars as you might guess.

  8. Never heard of any problems with 9-5 airbags. And I have owned a few ranging from 2001 to 2006. Never seen any issues reported on the forums either.

    There was a recent incident posted on SaabWorld where airbags exploded in a 1997 Saab 900 (Melbourne, Australia) on the passenger side first and later on the drivers side without any apparent cause.

  9. Running a Saab repair shop, I can’t say I remember ANY 9-5 air bag issues. This is in contrast to the classic 900’s and 9000’s where, it seemed we were constantly addressing SRS warning lights and replacing clock springs and sensors!

  10. Never had airbag problems in a 9-5 (1999 & 2000) or the current (2006 & 2007)…

  11. I am still driving a 2000 9.5 SAAB and I am now questioning if my airbags are safe. I only have close to 45,000 miles on this car that still looks like new, but I wonder about the safety because of all the airbag recalls. Has anybody experienced an airbag problem with this old 2000 model and were there recalls for this model? I cannot find any.