SAAB 9-5 2001: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:MODULE

Make : SAAB Model : 9-5 Year : 2001
Build Dates : 2000-06-01 - 2001-06-30
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V399000
Date Owner's Notified: 2006-03-13 Date Received by ODI: 2005-09-14 Date Added to Database: 2005-09-14
Manufacturers Involved: SAAB CARS USA, INC.
Manufacturer's Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number: 15021
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:MODULE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 103202
Summary:
      CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH B205/B235 4-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES AND B308 6-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE OVERHEATING AND BURNOUT OF THE ISOLATED GATED BIPOLAR TRANSISTOR "IGBT" WITHIN THE IGNITION DISCHARGE MODULE "IDM" DUE TO INCREASED SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ELECTRICAL LOADS.
Consequence:
      OVERHEATING OF THE IGBT OCCURS MOST OFTEN AT ENGINE START-UP, BUT IT MAY ALSO OCCUR WHILE THE ENGINE IS RUNNING. ENGINE STALLING MAY OCCUR, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:
      DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO SEE WHAT VERSION IDM IS IN THE VEHICLE AND REPLACE THE IDM IF IT IS A VERSION BUILT PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION OF QP3. AN INTERIM LETTER WILL BE MAILED TO OWNERS IN OCTOBER 2005, INFORMING THEM OF THE CONDITION. PARTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AND OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED TO BRING THEIR VEHICLES IN TO THE DEALERS TO HAVE THE IDM REPLACED BY LETTER DATED MARCH 13, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SAAB AT 1-800-955-9007.
Report Initiator: ODI V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number:
Notes:
      SAAB RECALL NO. 05087.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 'TTY 1-800-424-9153', OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.