Suzuki Recall involves the Kizashi

Suzuki is recalling certain 2006-2013 Grand Vitara SUVs and 2010-2013 Kizashi sedans because the front-seat passenger sensor may not accurately detect whether an adult or a child is occupying the seat.

If the sensor fails, the airbag for the seat may deploy in a crash, even if there is a child in the front passenger seat, increasing the risk of injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA says the problem can be traced to the leather seat upholstery, which can shrink over time when exposed to high humidity and temperatures. That can lead to the sensor failing, the agency says. The recall affects 31,302 models.

Suzuki has not announced a timetable for notifying owners.

Suzuki stopped selling cars in the U.S. years ago, so there isn’t the typical dealer network available to remedy this problem. Affected owners should call Suzuki customer service at 800-934-0934 to find out which authorized repair shops near them can do the work.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 31,302 of the 2006-2013 Grand Vitara SUVs and 2010-2013 Kizashi sedans.

The problem: The front-seat sensor may not be able to accurately detect whether an adult or a child is occupying the seat due to the leather upholstery shrinking after exposure to high heat and humdity over time. That may increase the risk of injury if the airbag is deployed. 

The fix: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat bottom cushion free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Suzuki customer service at 714-572-1490. Suzuki's numbers for this recall are 4011 and 4012.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V187

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Suzuki Recall involves the Grand Vitara