• Jun 14, 2010
Suzuki is recalling 46,549 2006 model year Grand Vitara (shown) and 2005-2006 XL-7 SUVs for a potentially defective hydraulic power assist steering pump. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the defect involves a plastic tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the steering pump and A/C compressor. Heat stress can apparently cause said plastic to deteriorate over time, which could lead to pieces of the pulley breaking off. The broken pieces can get lodged between the pulley and drive belt, possibly dislodging the belt and making it more difficult to steer.

Owners of affected vehicles can take their XL-7 or Grand Vitara to the nearest Suzuki dealer for a free repair, where the steering pump drive belt tension adjuster pulley will be replaced. Hit the jump to read over the official NHTSA press release.

[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUZUKI / GRAND VITARA 2006
SUZUKI / XL-7 2005-2006

Manufacturer: AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP. Mfr's Report Date: JUN 07, 2010
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46549

Summary:
SUZUKI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR MODEL YEAR 2006 GRAND VITARA AND MODEL YEAR 2005-2006 XL-7 VEHICLES. THE TENSION ADJUSTER PULLEY FOR THE DRIVE BELT THAT OPERATES THE POWER STEERING PUMP AND AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSOR (IF EQUIPPED) HAS AN OUTER PORTION THAT IS MADE OF PLASTIC. REPEATED HEAT STRESS CAN CAUSE THE PLASTIC MATERIAL TO DETERIORATE AND PIECES OF THE PULLEY CAN BREAK OFF.

Consequence:
BROKEN PIECES OF THE PULLEY CAN GET CAUGHT BETWEEN THE PULLEY AND THE DRIVE BELT, CAUSING THE DRIVE BELT TO COME OFF AND RESULTING IN THE DRIVER NEEDING INCREASED EFFORT TO STEER THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING PUMP DRIVE BELT TENSION ADJUSTER PULLEY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 25, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-800-934-0934.

Notes:
SUZUKI SAFETY RECALL NO. SB. 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
      Wasn't this a rebadged GM product? Why no Equinox recall?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2005 2006 XL-7's in question are based on the old body on frame Suzuki trucks built in Hamamatsu Japan with the 2.7L V-6. The XL7 you're thinking of were built at the CAMI plant in Ontario from 2007 -09 based on the Theta platform with a 3.6 Cadillac design Suzuki built motor. They had horrible quality and Suzuki people were turned off and didn't buy them. Suzuki bailed on GM, bought back all the GM held shares.
        I have a 2003 Tracker built at the CAMI plant and a 2005 XL-7. I have spent $30.00 on unscheduled service on the Tracker in 7 years and recently bought the XL-7 due to the excellent dealership service I get at Suzuki. I am actually looking to purchase another 05-06 XL-7 for myself as they are that good of a truck. Honest, dependable and easy to maintain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Equinox is on the Theta platform, but if I remember correctly, the XL-7 had many different components despite the same platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      XL-7 was based on a GM platform. I don't believe the Grand Vitara is, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These models weren't based on the Theta crossover platform. The previous and current Grand Vitara models are on a dedicated platform. The pre 07 XL-7 was based on a stretched version of the previous gen Grand Vitara platform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both are GM platforms. Grand Vitara is Saturn Vue version of the platform. Equinox is same as the XL. I have a Saturn Vue that makes noise and have thought from the start the pully might be an issue. I wonder if this will bring a recall to the GM cars as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A plastic tensioner pulley? Really, Suzuki?

      Weight savings? yes.
      Facepalm? definitely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait till Ford recalls the Edsel for some defect. Everything is being recalled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You will have to find a Suzuki dealership first before you can get the work done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Also, 2 or 3 months ago, Suzuki was aquired by VAG.

      Elmo, VWAG purchased a 19.9% stake of Suzuki..not an outright acquisition. In turn , Suzuki bought a certain percentage (5% IIRC, from above proceeds) of VWAG...a somewhat mutual though unequal reciprocation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um where did they say that Suzuki wasn't GM?

      Also, 2 or 3 months ago, Suzuki was aquired by VAG.