Suzuki is recalling certain 2006 through 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara compact SUVs and 2007 through 2011 Suzuki SX4 passenger cars to fix an airbag problem.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 193,936. The recall does not affect vehicles already fixed under a Suzuki special coverage program.
In documentation from Suzuki (PDF) to the NHTSA, the production dates for the affected Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4 vehicles are as follows:
2006 Grand Vitara – May 24, 2005 – May 31, 2006
2007 Grand Vitara – June 1, 2006 – May 31, 2007
2008 Grand Vitara – May 31, 2007 – May 30, 2008
2009 Grand Vitara – June 2, 2008 – January 30, 2009
2010 Grand Vitara – July 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010
2011 Grand Vitara – June 1, 2010 – April 26, 2011
2007 SX4 – May 31, 2006 – June 1, 2007
2008 SX4 – June 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008
2009 SX4 – June 2, 2008 – March 4, 2009
2010 SX4 – July 10, 2009 – May 31, 2010
2011 SX4 – June 1, 2010 – May 10, 2011
2011 Suzuki SX4 sedan
2011 Suzuki SX4 sedanEnlarge Photo
According to the NHTSA bulletin and Suzuki, over time in the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail after repeated flexing of the mat during seat use.
As a result of this condition, in a crash that necessitates airbag deployment, the passenger airbag will deploy regardless of whether an adult or a child is occupying the front seat. Airbag deployment with a child sitting in the front seat increases the risk of injury to the child.
The automaker said that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries due to the reported defect.
2006 Suzuki Grand VitaraEnlarge Photo
What Suzuki will do
Suzuki will notify owners and dealers will replace the front seat cushion assembly, which includes the OCS sensor mat. The service will be performed at no charge.
As sufficient quantities of parts to fix all vehicles are not yet available, owners will be notified by Suzuki of the recall in October 2013 and will receive a second notification when parts are available to repair their vehicle.
In the initial owner notification, owners will be asked to make an appointment with their dealer only if the airbag warning light is illuminated.
“If the dealer determines that the warning light illumination is due to the reported defect condition, the front passenger seat cushion assembly will be replaced at no charge,” Suzuki said.
In the meantime, owners of 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara compact SUVs and 2006-2011 Suzuki SX4 passenger cars with any questions or concerns may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Reference the Suzuki recall campaign #VD.
Vehicles that previously had a countermeasure OCS sensor mat installed during a special Suzuki coverage campaign are not affected by this recall.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V405000.