Suzuki may have stopped selling new cars in North America, but that doesn’t mean it’s leaving its former customers hanging out to dry. The small Japanese automakers has announced a recall of 193,936 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara SUVs and 2007-2011 Suzuki SX4s due to a failing passenger-side airbag sensor.
2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara and 2007-2011 Suzuki SX4
The Problem: Certain 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitaras and 2007-2011 SX4s may have a passenger seat occupant sensor that wears out prematurely. The sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail due to normal wear and tear from use of the seat. During a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the sensor may cause the airbag to deploy even if the front seat occupant is a child, increasing risk of injury to the child.
The Fix: Suzuki will notify owners of affected vehicles and replace the front passenger seat cushion assembly. Because Suzuki has withdrawn from the U.S., it will first notify owners of the recall in October, and then again when parts are available to have their SX4s or Grand Vitaras repaired. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934 with questions, using recall campaign code “VD.”
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: About 193,936 2007-2011 Suzuki SX4s and 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitaras are affected by this recall.