UPDATED: Official statement from Suzuki added below.
Suzuki has announced a recall for the SX4 sedan and hatchback from the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 model years. According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vibration from driving the vehicles may cause the side-view mirrors to fall off.
At issue are the three screws that hold each side-view mirror in place.The NHTSA says that Suzuki dealers will replace the screws on each mirror free of charge. The agency estimates that 69,587 vehicles are subject to the recall.
Of course, we understand that in the grand scheme of things, a missing side-view mirror isn't as grave as faulty brakes or sticky accelerators, but it can cause plenty of problems -- notably, reduced visibility for you and a chunky metal obstacle for those who follow in your wake. And most of drivers know, it's easier to fix an exterior part that's still on the vehicle than to find a new one to match.
Suzuki hasn't yet told the NHTSA when it plans to notify owners of the problem. If you drive one of the affected vehicles and you have questions, call your local dealer, or ring Suzuki at 887-697-8985. You can also call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall number 10V513000.
UPDATED: We've just received this note from Suzuki:
“American Suzuki Motor Corporation is promptly implementing a recall for an issue with the SX4’s outside rear view mirrors. The issue is that the three screws that secure the outside rear view mirrors can come loose due to vibration. The six mounting screws (three on each mirror) that secure the outside rear view mirrors in place will need to be replaced by newer, more secure locking screws.
Replacement screws are on their way to Suzuki dealers, and customer vehicles will be refitted as quickly as the parts arrive and customers make appointments with their dealers to have their vehicles serviced. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause.”