Suzuki Recall Information
NEWS: American Suzuki is recalling certain 2007 XL-7 vehicles
DECEMBER 2012 -- American Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2007 XL-7 vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas; and manufactured June 13, 2006, through December 22, 2006. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the plastic supply or return port on the fuel pump module may crack, which could cause a fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. American Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact American Suzuki at 1-714-996-7040. Suzuki's campaign recall number is NZ. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V597000
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SEPTEMBER 2012 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2012 Equator two-wheel drive vehicles manufactured from June 19, 2012, through July 12, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with front wheel hubs that may not meet the design hardness specifications. A wheel hub that was manufactured below hardness specification may wear prematurely and eventually crack. If the vehicle is driven with a cracked wheel hub, the wheel hub may break, which would reduce the driver's ability to control the vehicle, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. All of the affected vehicles have been quarantined at Suzuki dealers prior to being sold. As such, a recall notification letter will not be issued. Suzuki dealers will replace the left and right side front wheel hub assemblies free of charge. This is Suzuki recall campaign NY. Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V464000
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NEWS: Suzuki recalls compact cars to fix headlights
AUGUST 2012 -- Suzuki is recalling nearly 102,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a wiring problem that can cause the headlights to go out.
The recall covers Forenza compacts from the 2004 to 2006 model years, and Reno compacts from 2005 and 2006.
The company says wires behind the dashboard can heat up and melt part of the wiring assembly. This can cause the low- and high-beam headlights to fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
It was not clear whether the problem has caused any crashes or injuries. Dealers will reconnect wires at no cost to the owners.
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AUGUST 2012 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 Forenza and model year 2005-2006 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 23, 2003, through March 7, 2006. Increased resistance due to poor contact between the terminals of certain wires can generate heat that can melt the splice pack used to connect the power circuit wires for the headlamps. This can result in intermittent or total loss of low/high beam headlamp function. If the headlamps fail to function, this will lead to reduced driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners, and Suzuki dealers will reconnect the affected wires with two heat-shrink crimps, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2012. Suzuki's recall campaign number is NU. Customers may 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 12V-397
NEWS: Report: The 7 Most Dangerous Cars on American Roads
JULY 2012 -- Two crossovers, two SUVs, two pickups and the Jeep Wrangler are among the vehicles deemed the most dangerous in America by the business blog 24/7 Wall Street. The website analyzed safety data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and J.D. Power.
"The cars with the worst scores most commonly received poor grades in the rollover and rear-impact tests," writes .. 24/7 Wall Street. Those include the Ram 1500, Mazda CX-7 and CX-9, Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, Suzuki SX4, Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Wrangler.
Each of these vehicles received poor or marginal ratings by the IIHS in two of the four categories it uses for crash-test evaluation. The four categories are: a head-on crash traveling at 40 mph; a side-impact crash with a 3,300-pound object hitting the vehicle at 31 mph; a rollover test in which a metal plate strikes the corner of the vehicle until it rolls over; and a rear-impact test, which gauges seat and seat belt protection against whiplash. Additionally, five of the seven most dangerous vehicles were low scorers in the J.D. Power overall Initial Quality Study, scoring three or fewer points out of five.
The IIHS's side-impact test results for the Colorado Crew Cab were particularly grim; the vehicle has received a poor rating in this category each year since 2004. The Jeep Wrangler, too, ranked poor for side impact from 2007 to 2012 and ranked marginal, the second-lowest rating, from 1997 to 2006.
As 24/7 Wall Street notes, poor safety ratings don't necessarily translate to poor sales. All seven of the most treacherous models experienced increased sales in the past year. Writes Wall Street Journal, "In all but one case ... sales grew at least 19% last year."
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JANUARY 2011 - Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with 4-cylinder engines; model year 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara multipurpose passenger vehicles produced prior to October 17, 2010; model year 2010 Suzuki SX4 passenger vehicles; and 2011 Suzuki SX4 passenger vehicles produced prior to October 14, 2010. The tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the alternator, water pump, air conditioner compressor and power steering pump, has an improperly manufactured internal spring that can break due to repeated stress. If the spring breaks, the drive belt will not be adjusted properly and can slip, causing a squeaking noise. Or the drive belt could come off causing the driver to increase to steer the vehicle. This can also cause the coolant temperature indication to rise, which can lead to the engine overheating, or can cause the charging light to come on, which can lead to battery discharge and engine stall. If the drive belt comes off, requiring the driver to use increased steering effort, or the engine stalls, a vehicle crash could occur dealers will replace the tension adjuster pulley with an improved part. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before February 16, 2011. 11V-055
DECEMBER 2011 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Equator pickup trucks manufactured from June 16, 2011, through August 31, 2011. Some of the bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine in these vehicles may have been manufactured to below specification strength. As a result, the bolt may break at the oil filter attachment point and can cause an engine oil leak. If there is an engine oil leak, the engine oil pressure would drop and the engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners and dealers will replace the connector bolts free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about January 19, 2012. 11V-593
OCTOBER 2010 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2007 SX4 hatchback and model year 2008-2010 SX4 hatchback and sedan passenger vehicles. The three screws that secure each of the outside rear view mirrors to the mirror base can come loose due to vibration. If a rear view mirror falls off the vehicle the driver will have reduced visibility increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the base screws on both outer rear view mirrors free of charge. The safety recall began on November 5, 2010. . 10V-513
SEPTEMBER 2010 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 SX4, 2010 Grand Vitara, and 2009 through 2010 Equator vehicles that were equipped with a Garmin nuvi model 750, 760, and 765 navigation system. The batteries contained in the affected GPS units can overheat. Overheated batteries could result in a fire. Suzuki will notify owners and the repairs will be performed by Garmin technicians by replacing the battery and inserting a spacer on top of the battery free of charge. The safety recall began on September 24, 2010. Suzuki's safety recall campaign number is SJ. 10V-392
JUNE 2010 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year model year 2006 grand Vitara and model year 2005-2006 XL-7 vehicles. The tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the power steering pump and airconditioner compressor (if equipped) has an outer portion that is made of plastic. Repeated heat stresscan cause the plastic material to deteriorate and pieces of the pulley can break off. Broken pieces of the pulley can get caught between the pulley and the drive belt, causing the drive belt to come off and resulting in the driver needing increased effort to steer the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the power steering pump drive belt tension adjuster pulley free of charge. The safety recall began on June 28, 2010. 10V-250
JUNE 2010 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2010 Kizashi passenger vehicles manufactured from October 13, 2009 through May 31, 2010. The hinged door of the center lower box located in the front dashboard area fails to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact." The door may open in a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle's occupants. Suzuki will notify owners and dealers will replace the instrument panel center lower box ofthe affected vehicles with a new part free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about July 9, 2010. Suzuki's campaign number is SG. 10V-287
MAY 2010 -- Suzuki is recalling certain model year 2010 equator pickup trucks manufactured from November 20, 2009 through March 3, 2010. The lower control link bushing collars, located in the front suspension, may contain welds that do not meet strength specifications. If a collar weld separates, it may change the wheel alignment, potentially allowing the vehicle handling characteristics to deteriorate. This could cause the driver to have difficulty controlling the vehicle which could result in a crash. Dealers will inspect, and if necessary replace, one or both lower control links on the vehicle free of charge. The safety recall began on June 1, 2010. 10V-213
MARCH 2010 - Suzuki has notified NHTSA of a defect in certain model year 2010 equator trucks manufactured from February 22 to March 13, 2010. The fasteners securing the passenger front air bag module, and also the fasteners securing the steering shaft positioning bracket may not have been tightened to the proper torque specification. In the event of a crash, the passenger front air bag deployment trajectory might be affected. The fasteners could possibly come out of the steering column positioning bracket increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the steering column and the passenger front air bag fasteners and any missing fasteners will be replaced and all loose fasteners will be retightened to the proper torque specifications free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. 10V-118
DECEMBER 2007 -- Suzuki is recalling 40,424 MY 2006-2007 Grand Vitara vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 114, “Theft Protection.” The automatic transmission selector lever "park" lock function may be inoperative due to a sticking shift lock arm. The shift lever may be able to be shifted out of "park" with the key removed and without depressing the brake pedal. This can give rise to increased incidents of crashes resulting from the roll away of parked vehicles as a result of inadvertently moving the shift lever from the "park" position when the parking brake is not fully engaged. Dealers will replace the shift lock module. The recall is expected to begin during January 2008. 07V-554
SEPTEMBER 2007 -- Suzuki is recalling 93,963 MY 2004-2006 Forenza and Reno passenger vehicles equipped with daytime running lights (DRL). Headlamp low beam or DRL function may be inoperative due to a melted splice pack on the wiring harness. Inappropriate lighting could reduce visibility of vehicles and increase the potential for a crash. Dealers will splice the power circuit wires for the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps. The recall is expected to begin in three phases, starting at the end of October 2007 and concluding by the middle of December 2007. 07V-452
The Suzuki recall involves 40,424 Grand Vitaras from the 2006-07 model year. The SUV's automatic transmission may slip out of park when the engine is shut off, the safety agency said. When the condition occurs and the parking brake isn't fully engaged, the vehicle may roll, causing a crash, according to NHTSA.....