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Suzuki shut down its U.S. automotive operations back in 2012 (curiously, on the same day as our last presidential election), but plenty of the company's vehicles still roam American roads. Now, Detroit News says that thousands of them are being recalled in the wake of a General Motors recall issued earlier this week.
That recall involved the 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo, as well as the 2005-2008 Pontiac Wave and Pontiac G3. Those 285,000 vehicles are equipped with daytime running lamps, and GM found that the switch controlling those lamps has the potential to overheat, causing a fire hazard.
Unfortunately, the 2004-2008 Suzuki Forenza and 2005-2008 Suzuki Reno are essentially rebadged versions of those GM models, meaning that they carry most of the same hardware. Suzuki says that the headlamp switch or daytime running light module in the Forenza and Reno may overheat, melting nearby components and possibly causing a fire. Suzuki hasn't revealed whether fires or accidents have been attributed to the flaw, but GM noted that there have been fires in some Aveo models.
All told, the Suzuki recall affects an estimated 184,000 vehicles registered in the U.S.
Suzuki hasn't announced a remedy for the problem or said when it will officially begin the recall. However, given the severity of the issue, we'd expect both the recall and repairs to begin soon.
If you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you can call Suzuki Customer Service at 800-934-0934. Or, if you prefer, you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.