The recall affects Grand Vitara SUVs manufactured during the 2006 through 2011 model years, and the smaller SX4 SUV made in the 2007 through 2011 model years.
Faulty sensors in the passenger seats of certain cars could produce false readings, leading to deployment of an airbag in a crash regardless of whether the passenger-seat occupant was an adult or child.
Sensors typically measure the weight of the front-seat occupant, and prevent airbag deployment if the person is a child or small adult. Children should never sit in the front seat. They could be injured or killed when airbags deploy.
Suzuki said it is unaware of any injuries or deaths related to this problem. The company stopped selling cars in the United States earlier this year, though it continues to sell other vehicles, such as boats and all-terrain vehicles, while continuing to honor warranties for its vehicles. Customers will be notified in October whether their car is affected, and have their seat-cushion assemblies replaced free of charge.
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