GM Adds Another 200,000 Saab And Saturn Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall

General Motors has discontinued and sold its Saturn and Saab brands, respectively, but announced today that cars from both brands that date as far back as 2003 contain potentially explosive parts from Japanese part-maker Takata. The recall announced today includes a total of 180,000 vehicles in the United States and 20,000 in Canada.

Make Model Model Years
Saab 9-3 2003-2011
Saab 9-5 2010, 2011
Saturn Astra 2008, 2009

It’s common for the former owner of a brand to announce recalls and handle the eventual service that they need. Saab and Saturn vehicles were also part of GM’s 2014 Recallapalooza, including the ignition lock defect in the case of Saturn vehicles. A few GM models have been part of the Takata airbag recall, including just a few hundred 2015 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles.

Don’t expect immediate service from a local GM dealer, though: airbag replacements must be completed by 2019, when the oldest vehicles that are part of this recall would be 16 or 17 years old. Cars are staying on the road longer than they used to, but many of the vehicles are likely to have been retired before it’s their turn for a repair.

The airbag inflator defect can result in airbags that deploy more explosively than they should, shooting shrapnel at the driver and passengers. The defect has caused ten deaths that authorities know of to date, nine of which happened in the United States.

GM says recalling Saab, Saturn brand vehicles with Takata parts [Reuters]