Saab Cars USA
The Saab 9-5, pictured here, is one of the car models that the Swedish auto company has included in a massive recall because of a faulty ignition.
updated 9/29/2005 10:46:27 AM ET 2005-09-29T14:46:27

Saab plans to recall almost 300,000 cars worldwide because of a problem with the ignition system, a company spokesman said Thursday.

The recall will affect gas-engine 9-3 and 9-5 models made in 2000, 2001, and 2002, said Orjan Aslund, a Swedish spokesman for General Motors Corp., which owns Saab.

He said the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found problems in the ignition system that can lead to overheating.

“There’s no immediate danger to drivers so the recall will happen in stages,” Aslund told Dow Jones Newswires. He expected all of the 287,987 cars to have been fixed in the first half of next year.

He refused to comment on how much it would cost to replace the ignition boxes, but Swedish news reports said it could cost more than $77 million (600 million kronor).

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