Suzuki may not be selling any new cars in the US anymore, but there are still plenty of them on American roads. Nearly 200,000 of those will need to be taken off said roads – for a little while, at least.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for 2006-2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara SUVs and 2007-2011 SX4 crossovers due to a faulty airbag sensor. The issue apparently results from the front passenger-side floor mat causing the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor to malfunction over time, so whether there's a kid or an adult in the front seat, the airbag could deploy in the event of a crash.

As a result, Suzuki Motor of America is calling in 193,936 vehicles to replace the front passenger-seat cushion assembly. That's a whole lot of cars to recall, but it comes as no big surprise. Owners can expect to be notified in October. Full details in the recall announcement below.
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RECALL Subject : Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor mat
Report Receipt Date: SEP 06, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V405000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 193,936
Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2006-2011 Grand Vitara and 2007-2011 SX4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, over time, the OCS sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail due to repeated flexing of the mat from use of the seat. As a result, during a crash necessitating deployment, the air bag will deploy regardless of whether the front seat occupant is an adult or a child.

CONSEQUENCE:
Air bag deployment with a child in the front passenger side seat increases the risk of injury to that child.

REMEDY:
Suzuki will notify owners and dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion assembly (which includes the OCS sensor mat) free of charge. Sufficient quantities of parts are not currently available to fix all of the affected vehicles. Owners will be notified of the recall in October 2013 and will receive a second notification when parts are available to have their vehicle repaired. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Suzuki's recall campaign number is VD.

NOTES:
Note: Vehicles which previously had a countermeasure occupant classification system (OCS) sensor mat installed under the special coverage campaign conducted by Suzuki distributors in the United States are not affected by this recall. 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 www.safercar.gov.


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      gregnhelene
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you buy junk you get junk
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suzuki's 'woes' go way beyond air bag problems.
      gmBill
      • 1 Year Ago
      it s understandable
      mrbyaninch
      • 1 Year Ago
      " whether there's a kid or an adult in the front seat, the airbag could deploy in the event of a crash." Ummmm. isn't that what is supposed to happen?
        OSHP367
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mrbyaninch
        Airbags are suppressed if the occupant is a small child. It would do more harm than good.
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see more than 30 post the last weeks Toyota hybrid recall got!
        mchica
        • 1 Year Ago
        @normc32
        I think Norm is just mad because this Suzuki will leave his little Buick Encore in the dust. Let it out man, we are here for you. Don't let buyers remorse get the best of you buddy.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @normc32
        if you have been following this airbag issue, you would have known it has been announce couple month back with toyota, honda, nissan and mazda recalling vehicles with airbag problems, now it is suzuki, that is why most people are not interested because it is not just an individual issue, the toyota hybrid was an individual issue.
      Wacko
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this recall US only or does it include all of North-america
      Kay
      • 11 Months Ago
      Did I miss something on this? I called my dealer as soon as I got the first notice and they stated they were waiting on parts and another mailing would go out when these were available. Is now JUNE ... did they slide something past me in the mail that I just didn't catch?
      • 10 Months Ago
      I never received any notice at all, nor did my friend that has a Grand Vitara
      nascar20155
      • 1 Year Ago
      In 2002 i sold a lady a 1994 suzuki she came back 2 days later & said the cheapest insurance she could get was $3,500 the insurance agent told her it was so expensive because the car was a liability because of safety issues, so what does that tell you, and yes i did give back her deposit, ( dont crucify me i was a car salesman for one year had to get out 95% of the salesmen & women are lowlife scum & should be in rehab for the amount of drugs they use)
      Joe D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog is funny... The floor mat is not causing the issue, the sensor in the seat is called a "mat". Probably a capacitive mat that senses the amount of water (person) in the seat and makes the child/adult decision based on a calibrated value. The mat has worn out and an electrical component in the mat has disconnected and caused the mat itself to fail.
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