Despite having completed their bankruptcy proceedings, Suzuki vehicles are still subject to investigations and recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that they have launched an investigation into the 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara, as well as the 2007-2011 Suzuki SX4 for issues pertaining to the safety restraint systems, more specifically for the passenger front seat. If the investigation results in a recall, it would affect over 205,000 vehicles.
The investigation is as a result of receiving numerous complaints from owners concerning the airbag warning and off lights, as well as seatbelt lights. There were a couple of technical service bulletins (TSBs) issued by Suzuki. In the TSBs, they have acknowledged that there are two airbag-related issues with both vehicles…more specifically, there’s a programming error concerning the passenger seat load indicator on their 2009 models. Also, there’s an open-circuit issue for the sensor mat that should be able to determine whether or not an adult or child is sitting in the front passenger seat.
To address these issues, Suzuki extended the warranty for the seat cushion botton (where the sensor is located) to 10 years, or 120,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The reason for the warranty extension is because it was determined (by Suzuki) that the sensor issues would not affect the air bag from deploying.
Should this investigation result in a Suzuki recall, registered owners will receive a notification from the newly-formed Suzuki Motor of America, instructing them to take their vehicles to approved powersport dealerships for inspection and repair/replacement at no charge to them. Per the bankruptcy proceedings, Suzuki will continue their operations in the United States under this new company, concentrating on selling and servicing motorcycles, ATVs, and marine applications. In addition, they will be able to provide parts and warranty services as well.