• Jun 30, 2010
2010 Suzuki Kizashi – Click above for high-res image gallery

Bad news for the loveable Suzuki Kizashi: the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued a recall on the Japanese sedan. Evidently, the lower glove box door can pop open during an accident, possibly coming in contact with the front passenger's body at the same time. For those interested in such things, the news means that the Kizashi doesn't conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201. The standard deals with passenger protection from impact on pieces of the car's interior, fittingly enough.

According to the NHTSA, Suzuki will replace the offending door with a new piece free of charge on all 5,107 Kizashi models covered by the recall. There's no word on how long the fix should take. For more information, owners can check out the NHTSA site or contact their local Suzuki dealer.



[Source: NHTSA]
Photos by John Neff / Copyright ©2009, Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. Better than American garbage,
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, GM sold their remaining stake in Suzuki a few years back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congress should mandate that any compartment doors on the dash should sliding laterally or longitudinally, and have a sensor that prevents the door from closing on one's hand (ala garage doors).

      /sarcasm
      stapletondoc
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe the recall concerns the center lower storage box with the usb port in front of the gearshift (where one would store his/her ipod), not the glove box itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stapletondoc
        stapletondoc, aren't you the same dude who owns a Kizashi at Kizashiclub.com...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its a shame they're not selling more of them. They're really nicely made cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty sure that'll hurt their chances of competing against Audi and Acura...
      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/12/03/suzukis-kizashi-test-drive-challenge-offers-100-to-audi-a4-and/
      • 4 Years Ago
      What up with all these recallings? I would like to keep my knee caps during an accident... so does my woman sitting shotgun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least the gas tank doesn't leak in an accident..like a Pinto..or a Lexus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Pinto had 27 recorded fires out of two million vehicles sold. IIRC the issue was in rear end crashes at high speed...much like the Ford Crown Vic Police Cruiser debacle because the Vics were bursting into flames from being rear-ended at 70 mph...

        What do people expect? Survival in the event of all high speed crashes?

        NHTSA and the IIHS only test these vehicles at 35-45 mph...MAX. I see people doing that in my sub!!!

        Safety in a car is an illusion!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mmmm hhhmmm, I know that's right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "much like the Ford Crown Vic Police Cruiser debacle because the Vics were bursting into flames from being rear-ended at 70 mph..."

        You need to correct that - Crown Vics ARE STILL bursting into flames, and it's not just from being rear ended. Another police officer around where I live burned to death 1-2 months ago in a flaming Crown Vic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like such a minor thing when I consider all the things that hit me when driving normally in my beater.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If its about inadvertent glove box openings, my Mercury Zephyr should have been recalled the day I got it. Recalled and never given back. Actually, the day would have been even better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this hit your knee hard enough to break something, something would be the cover.

      Petty recalls like this one do nothing but drive up the cost of driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It does break first, I know from experience.

        It does break first, I know from experience.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's like saying if your head hit the windshield hard enough, the glass would break first.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They only sold 5000 of these so far? That's a shame.
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