Suzuki SX4 Recall Information
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."
MORE RECALL INFO:
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
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