The Detroit News is reporting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation on the 2006-11 Suzuki Grand Vitara and 2007-11 Suzuki SX4 due to issues with the airbag and seatbelt for the front passenger seat. So far, NHTSA has received 128 complaints on these vehicles for airbag warning lights, airbag off lights and seatbelt lights, on a vehicle set that totals around 205,000 units, but there is no indication as to how many, if any, injuries have reported.

Via technical service bulletins, Suzuki has already acknowledged two airbag-related issues with front passenger seats on both vehicles, including a programming error for the passenger seat load indicator on 2009 models and an open-circuit problem for the sensor mat that determines if an adult or child is sitting in the front seat. Since this latter issue would not shut off or lessen the impact of the passenger airbag, Suzuki has already extended the warranty for the seat cushion bottom to 10 years or 120,000 miles. After ceasing new-car sales in the US and Canada, potential recall repairs (which still may or may not happen) would be handled by remaining dealers as laid out in the recent court-approved bankruptcy plan.


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      shutton72
      • 1 Year Ago
      I took my Suzuki SX4 to the dealer in Kingsland, Georgia over a month ago. I was told they would have to ordera new oa new passenger seat to correct the problem. The seat has still not come in! Has anyone had the same experience?
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      My very first car, which I still own, is a 2008 metallic blue SX4 Crossover. Great car by the way, my friend owns a same year 2008 Lancer...everything is falling apart, he's been taking it for servicing constantly. My SX4 runs great, no problems, after 98,000 miles never had one thing to go wrong. Oddly enough my airbag sensor does indicate its "OFF" on the passenger side ( which I'm still wondering how the heck I can take care of it).
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        It's supposed to be off. When a passenger is on board the sensor does its job and command the air bag on and the off light will go away and that means your air bag is on. Try sitting in the passenger seat and demonstrate this by your self. Educate your self.
          Scooter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Porsche4life
          Before being a jerk, you should realize I'm NOT an idiot. The air bag sensor shows the AIRBAG IS DEACTIVATED EVEN WHEN ADULTS ARE SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. My seat sensor indicates that EVEN ADULTS aren't meeting the weight requirement, therefore my passenger airbag sensor is always displaying OFF even with full sized adults in the seat.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
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