Saab 9-3 ConvertibleGM is recalling nearly 29,000 Saab 9-3 Convertibles in the North America to replace a driver’s side seatbelt retractor following complaints to US safety agency the NHTSA.

The firm is responsible for the recall despite Saab being defunct because the cars were built when the Swedish firm was still owned by GM: 28,789 models made between 2004-2011 are being recalled.

The issue surrounds the automatic tensioning cable in the driver’s side front seatbelt retractor: this can break, meaning seatbelts will not retract. GM’s fix is to replace the driver’s side retractor with a component more up to the job. What’s more, GM also promises to replace the passenger’s side retractor cable if that breaks – at any point in the life of the vehicle.

Saloon models are not being recalled because a GM investigation discovered different parts were used in those models, which are not liable to break.

Saab 9-3 Convertible

The recall is yet another for the embattled American giant, whose current recall tally for ignition barrel concerns and other issues totals 20 million.

That it’s having to add almost 29,000 cars from a firm it doesn’t even own any more – and which barely even exists at the moment – is doubly ironic but, at the same time, does show the more helpful spirit now developing within GM. Working with safety body the NHTSA in this way is what GM boss Mary Barra wants to see more of.

Question is, will the recall of Saab 9-3 Convertibles extend to Europe – and if so, will GM Europe be liable for it? Watch this space…