Suzuki is recalling 184,244 total units of the 2004-2008 Forenza (pictured above) and 2005-2008 Reno manufactured under contract by Daewoo, now General Motors Korea, between September 1, 2003, through July 30, 2008, for a risk of fire. The exact split in terms of number of each model isn't available yet.

In the vehicles, the heat generated in the headlight switch or daytime running light module could cause the parts to melt and cause a fire. If this sounds somewhat familiar, it's the same reason that 218,000 units of the 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo are being recalled. According to General Motors spokesperson Alan Adler: "It's the same issue."

Adler explained that as the contracted manufacturer, GM is responsible for finding a remedy to this problem and providing it to Suzuki. It's a similar situation as Toyota recalling the Matrix and giving the automaker the repair parts to fix the Pontiac Vibe, which shares the platform.

According to Adler, GM first learned about the fire risk from Suzuki and began investigating. It found the problem in the Aveo and issued the recall. "We don't have a fix yet," he said. However, owners will be notified about the problem soon.

The 2004-2006 Forenza and 2005-2006 Reno were previously recalled because their headlights could stop functioning.

Autoblog has contacted Suzuki for more details. We will update this story, if we hear back. In the meantime, scroll down to read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall announcement.
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RECALL Subject : Headlamp Switch or DRL Module Overheating

Report Receipt Date: MAY 19, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V262000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 184,244
Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 Forenza vehicles, and 2005-2008 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2003, through July 30, 2008. In the affected vehicles, heat may be generated in the headlamp switch or daytime running light (DRL) module which could melt the headlamp switch or the DRL module.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the heat generated within the headlamp switch and DRL module located on the left side of the steering column melts the headlamp switch, there is an increased risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Suzuki wil notify owners but the manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is XA.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      Suzuki didn't have a chance with these halfased GMs. Should of just brought over the Swift and all the other compact goodies.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      What about the Verona?
        Travis C. Vasconcelo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Gee, I totally forgot the Verona. Didn't they have a major situation with the engines in those and have to replace a great deal of them under warranty? Poor Suzuki...GM did every thing they could to kill them. What I'd give for them to come back and squash the General right into the ground!
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      Sucks that Suzuki suffered the GM kiss-of-death in the USA. Along with SAAB, Isuzu. . . . . . .
      Car Guy
      • 7 Months Ago
      "GM first learned about the fire risk from Suzuki and began investigating" I'm not anti-GM but give me a break, Suzuki has to alert them? GM is either really incompetent or has a culture of deliberately ignoring safety problems. I tend to believe the latter.
      Jobu
      • 7 Months Ago
      I see how you did that. Yeah, keep piling on GM; very fair. What's next? "Cars Built across the Street from GM plant Recalled for Safety Issues"
        SlothLovesChunk
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Jobu
        Piling on GM? You read any of the articles lately? I don't think you have..... GM is a joke.
          Jobu
          • 7 Months Ago
          @SlothLovesChunk
          No, is something going on? I think it's reasonable to assume that someone on this blog has seen the articles, ChunkLovesItInTheButt.... My entire point is that the ship sailed years ago. There's nobody left to punish, and we all know how fast our Feds are to claim responsibility on stuff like this. Where was all of this righteous indignation when the common stock holders and the dealer networks got illegally screwed?
          SlothLovesChunk
          • 7 Months Ago
          @SlothLovesChunk
          Real mature response. You sound very intelligent.
          Jobu
          • 7 Months Ago
          @SlothLovesChunk
          Hey, thanks for the compliment CLIITB! I'm currently matriculated in your mother's ass. I ain't too smart, but I know how to please her...
      Roger Smith
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yep,same car now Chevrolet call the Cruze......great,reason Suzuki when bust in USA!
        mbukukanyau
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Roger Smith
        Cruze is not Engineered in Korea, is not on a Daewoo platform, neither is the US one built over there. Please Roger, at least read before mouthing off.
          mbukukanyau
          • 7 Months Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          The platform is 100% Opel, the Design is Global, (all teams participating) the homogenization for specific markets left to particular regional engineering groups Holden did their own version, Chevrolet North America their own version, GM Korea did the European version and their own and GM/SAIC has their own version. It generally looks the same but the particular regions have its own specific needs. I have driven both the European, the US and the Ausie Version, believe you me, its not the same exact vehicle. That is if you are interested in objective opinions.
          GR
          • 7 Months Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          @ mbukukanyau, The Cruze is a global car, but its origins are from Daewoo in South Korea. In fact, Daewoo who is a South Korean subsidiary of GM, lead the design of the Cruze as you know it, not Opel. All of GM's small cars are sourced from Daewoo in some way. The Cruze, the Spark, the Sonic, and the Buick Encore are all Daewoo designed cars. Half of what I named are even built in South Korea for the US market. While the Cruze sold in the US is made in the US, Daewoo practically designed the car for GM as a global car. You also need to get your eyes checked if you think the Cruze varies much from market to market.
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 7 Months Ago
      Suzuki was doomed by their GM partnership in the US market. These crappo cars sealed their fate. If only Suzuki had become independent earlier and brought over the Swift and some of their other wonderful vehicles. They'd still be here and be a big part of the American market place. GM was a disaster and should have never been saved by the federal government. I am afraid that the government may have to bail them out again if they keep hemorrhaging money into their past mistakes like this. For Suzuki to have to "tell" GM of this problem is unforgivable. Not only is this hurting Suzuki's already tarnished name (Thanks GM)...but, Americans are losing faith in GM. Oh how the mighty are falling....faster every day!
        icemilkcoffee
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Travis C. Vasconcelo
        Yup. GM completely ruined Suzuki here in the US by using their badge to sell garbage Daewoos. Good thing Suzuki has their core strength in Japan and India, otherwise they would have gone the way of Isuzu,
      Klinkster
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's rich! Suzuki informs GM they built shoddy product. Sits on it until NHSTA sharks begin circling. GM issues knee-jerk recall to NHTSA and press notices...but forgets to sync back with Suzuki so they can do similarly at same date & time. Suzuki got the shaft on this twice. Once for getting into bed with GM. Again for being held responsible for GM. With luck, GM get's the whole warranty bill.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 7 Months Ago
      It is not piling on GM - what you have here are an odd number of pre-bankruptcy model year recalls that suddenly are being released now that the death machines have been exposed. This is odd - an investigation needs to be conducted to see if GM knew of these issues prior to bankruptcy and then hid them from the public in order to get the bailout dollars? This is fraud - what is happening is that the recall costs are being shifted from the true GM to the fake one, Government Motors, and the costs of the recall are being taken out of that nice cash stash that Government Motors has left over from the bailout - $14-$24 billion depending on cost estimates. Isn't it curious how the taxpayers' money is now being used to resolve problems with pre-bankruptcy products? Discussing this is NOT piling on - it is a serious case of potential civil and criminal misconduct!
        Jobu
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Hey Ass Hat- I was referring to the headline. And by the way, good luck- they've successfully buried all of the skeletons with the liquidation of the "old" GM. OF COURSE THEY KNEW, as did Bush and Obama administrations. Nothing will be done here.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        It's valid to ask whether these issues were suppressed during bankruptcy, and the NHTSA has been busy investigating this exact issue. But there is absolutely no taxpayer money at stake here no matter how the recalls turn out, because the US government has already sold all its stocks in GM.
      hokkaido76
      • 7 Months Ago
      Sad. If Suzuki had made the "real" Swift available in the US instead of being forced to sell these POS daewoos, they would still be here. They clearly made a deal with the devil.
      Sahngseok Lee
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's why Daewoo Motors went bankrupt. Even in Korea , Daewoo was notorious for its poor build quality and defects. But it has improved incredibly since they used GM's global platform(especially derived from Opel) and GM's standards. And still many GM cars are designed in Korea. Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Captiva.. They are all designed in Korea though the platform's global. But GM Korea's still having a tough game because Koreans still think its Daewoo and they recall the poor reputation of the past. Also GM Korea's failed in localization. One of the most important things in Korean market is fuel efficiency. The oil price of Korea's similar to Europe, and the people's income's still much less than Europeans. That's why European diesel cars are selling well in Korea now. The brand image's also important, but if GM cars had better fuel efficiency, they would sell much more in Korea. What they need is diesel and DCT. Anyway, Daewoo cars of 10 years ago were... no better than Hyundai or Kia.
      Chris
      • 7 Months Ago
      I remember Suzuki making public statements about how poor these GM cars were built. They made a lot of noise at board meetings. Sad they got stuck with them.
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