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Remember the Suzuki Equator – the overlooked, rebadged version of the Nissan Frontier that went on sale in early 2009? There hasn't been much to talk about the slow-selling Fronquator, but now a recall involving vehicles manufactured between November 2009 and March 2010 (a whopping total of 582 units) brings the little truck into the front of our minds again.

According to the official recall statement from NHTSA, the Equator's lower control link bushing collars may not contain welds that meet strength specifications, which can alter the wheel alignment over time. The safety recall is taking place as you read this, and dealers will replace one or both lower control links if necessary. The full details are available in NHTSA's statement, after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: SUZUKI / EQUATOR
Model Year(s): 2010
Manufacturer: AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP.
Mfr's Report Date: MAY 12, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V213000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 582

Summary

SUZUKI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 EQUATOR PICKUP TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 20, 2009 THROUGH MARCH 3, 2010. THE LOWER CONTROL LINK BUSHING COLLARS, LOCATED IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION, MAY CONTAIN WELDS THAT DO NOT MEET STRENGTH SPECIFICATIONS. IF A COLLAR WELD SEPARATES, IT MAY CHANGE THE WHEEL ALIGNMENT, POTENTIALLY ALLOWING THE VEHICLE HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS TO DETERIORATE.

Consequence

THIS COULD CAUSE THE DRIVER TO HAVE DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF NECESSARY REPLACE, ONE OR BOTH LOWER CONTROL LINKS ON THE VEHICLE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 24, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-800-934-0934.

Notes

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I just bought an Equator and the delivery is being held up until this is resolved. It is a great looking truck and a serious value. I chose it over the Tacoma due to Tacoma's wimpy frame. I have been a toyota truck guy for almost two decades but no more. Toyota needs to get their act together. Hopefully my Equator, if and when I get it, will prove to be as good a truck as my research indicated.

      CT
      Equatorowner
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2009 Equator, 2wd 5 speed. It's a nice truck, good on gas (23 mpg) but the front end makes loads of noise when you ride over any type of pavement and even when you get in and out of it. It almost sounds like a bad bushing or stiff shock. I'm bringing it back to the dealer next week. I'll see what they say. I paid $16K for it since it was a left-over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FYI, the Equator won Four Wheeler magazine's Truck of the Year last year. Equator sales are actually up 30% from last year at this time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I totally didn't even know Suzuki made/branded a pickup truck. No idea at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So strange, had no clue this existed and saw one yesterday. I even pulled out my phone and searched it on the web to find out what it was all about. They've come a long way from the cheap jeep Samurai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's actually a decent little setup. My buddy got one after trading in his Tacoma for just playing around in and working on his dad's farm. It holds up really nice. 4WD is a hidden gem on this truck, better than most I'd say. I feel bad for Suzuki not selling more, but nobody really can remember Suzuki still sells cars in the US, let alone a decent truck. Certainly better in the looks department of trucks, but still it'll be gone before you know it. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me neither. I have to say though, its not a bad looking truck. Not sure what they go for, but I'd consider it if I was in the market... which I'm not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Suzuki remind anybody else of the old Isuzu? You know... a few cars and trucks NOBODY gives a sh&t about that seem more and more irrelevent as the years go by...I too completely forgot they were selling the Frontier!
      billy
      • 3 Years Ago
      i have a 2011 equator and i have been hearing alot of bangs under the floor boards on both the driver and passanger floor boards also i haven't heard this but my girlfriend took the truck the other day and she said she heard the banging and also the tires were making a wierd sound. any ideas
      • 4 Years Ago
      I’m not surprised. The Equator is essentially a mirror image of the Nissan Frontier and I don’t think that’s enough to excite truckers about a segment that’s gone down the drain in recent years. We haven’t seen a ‘new’ midsize pickup in years. OEMs are putting all their resources into their full-size pickup lineup. Thankfully Mahindra hasn’t forgotten truckers who are looking for more compact work solutions. Their compact diesel powered truck seems like just what this segment needs. Their payload capacity and mileage are very impressive. And I hear they’re expected in US showrooms starting in December 2010